Ball State lands three recruits during early-signing period

A setter with multiple high school all-state honors will be among the newest recruits to join Ball State.

Ball State announced recently that high school seniors Jake Romano, Lemuel Turner and Parker Swartz all signed national letters of intent to play for the Cardinals beginning in 2016.


Romano, 6-foot-6 setter from Racine, Wisconsin, led his high school team to back-to-back sectional championships and was named to the second-team all-state as a senior. In addition, Romano was a all-state honorable mention last season and finished his junior season with 69 career aces.

Turner, a 6-foot-6 middle attacker from Vernon Hills, Illinois, has earned first-team all-conference high school honors the last two seasons. With one high school season remaining, he also already holds school records for blocks in a single-match at eight and blocks in a single-season at 130.

Swartz, a 6-foot-5 middle attacker from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has more than 100 career blocks in his first three high school seasons. The middle attacker also helped his school last season finish the state tournament in third place — the best finish for the program in school history.

Ball State finished last season winning at least 20 matches for the second consecutive year and advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals. The Cardinals return a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including all-conference libero David Ryan Vander Meer.