A high school state player of the year along with three all-state players will play for Ball State in the upcoming seasons.
Ball State coach Joel Walton announced during the weekend that high school seniors Blake Reardon, Courtland Scharenborg, Spencer Smith and Matt Szews each signed national letters of intent to join the Cardinals beginning in 2017.
Szews, a 6-foot-8 opposite from Brookfield Wisconsin, was named the 2015 Wisconsin Player of the year after finishing his senior season with more than 400 kills. He also led his high school team to back-to-back conference titles and two straight state semifinal appearances.
Reardon, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Joliet, Illinois, made the Chicago Sun Times Preseason Top 100 list and ended his junior season earning second-team all-state honors. He also helped guide his high school team to a 7-1 conference record last season.
Scharenborg, a 6-foot-5 setter from Virginia Beach, Virginia, was a first-team all-state selection as his high school team won its third consecutive state championship. The setter also had almost 2,000 career assists and was a two-time all-conference recipient.
Smith, a 6-foot-7 opposite from Fishers, Indiana, earned both Indiana All-Star Team and state all-tournament team honors with his school team last season. In addition, Smith helped the team finished the state tournament in third place.
Ball State finished last season in sixth place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals. The Cardinals return a majority of players for the upcoming season, including Freshmen All-American middle attacker Matt Walsh.