Audio: Ball State coach praises setter, freshmen for offensive explosion

Setter Jake Romano didn’t wait long this year to show why he was an all-conference selection in 2018.

The second-year starter guided the offense to a .486 attack percentage as Ball State swept Princeton 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 in its season opener on Friday in Muncie, Indiana.

Freshman outside attacker Kaleb Jenness led the team with 13 kills while hitting .588 and was one of two Cardinals with double-digit kills. In addition, freshman middle attacker Felix Egharevba had a perfect six kills on six attack attempts against the Tigers.

Princeton outside attacker Parker Dixon in the loss finished with a match-high 19 kills.

Check out Off the Block’s interview with Ball State coach Joel Walton as he discusses the non-conference victory and his decision to insert two freshmen into the starting lineup.