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.
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[Editor’s note: Off the Block will preview each NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conference leading up to the 2019 season opener on Dec. 30. This conference previews examines every team in the MIVA.]
The MIVA has all the makings this season for the most chaotic conference in college men’s volleyball.
Four teams received at least one first-place vote in the MIVA Preseason Poll that was released earlier this month.
Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA teams for 2019 season”
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A lot has happened in college men’s volleyball since the NCAA Tournament in May.
With the 2019 regular season starting two weeks ago, it’s time to get caught up on the top news from the offseason. Check out the top 10 items to know heading in the 2019 season.
Continue reading “Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason”
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Two recruits who have earned some of the nation’s highest accolades in high school and club volleyball are headed to one of the most storied Midwest college men’s volleyball programs.
Ball State announced that high school seniors Wil McPhillips and Bryce Behrendt have committed to join the Cardinals beginning in the 2020 season.
Continue reading “Ball State signs Wisconsin Player of Year, USA Volleyball award winner”
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One of the toughest road environments in college men’s volleyball awaits Ball State during the opening weeks of the upcoming season.
Ball State as part of releasing its 2019 schedule announced Tuesday that it will travel to Smith Fieldhouse for road non-conference against BYU on Jan. 12.
Continue reading “BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019”
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Nine years later CSUN is returning to the site where it suffered one of its biggest upset losses in program history.
CSUN announced earlier this week that it will play a road non-conference match against Ball State on Jan. 19.
Continue reading “CSUN to play at Ball State for first time since 2010”
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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Ball State versus George Mason is ranked No. 12 on the list.]
The defending EIVA regular season champions will face one of the top defensive teams in the nation last season.
Continue reading “George Mason, Ball State to continue non-conference series in 2019”
Ball State and North Greenville will now have national champions on their roster during the upcoming season — beach volleyball national champions.
Ball State outside attacker Kaleb Jenness and North Greenville Christian Phung competing as a pair went undefeated at the USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship in Siesta Key, Florida, to win the U18 Boys’ Division title.
Continue reading “Ball State, North Greenville pair win U.S. beach volleyball national title”
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A Ball State starting middle attacker is spending the offseason entering his senior year representing the United States at an international tournament.
Parker Swartz was selected to U.S. men’s volleyball team for the FISU America Games that started this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Continue reading “Ball State senior plays for U.S. at inaugural America Games”
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The building named after the founder of college men’s volleyball in the Midwest is officially open.
Ball State held a dedication ceremony on Saturday to unveil the new Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center that will be located adjutant to Worthen Arena on the university’s campus in Muncie, Indiana.
Continue reading “The Buzz: Social media reaction to Ball State opening Shondell Practice Center”