Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason

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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”

Ball State signs Wisconsin Player of Year, USA Volleyball award winner

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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”

BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019

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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”

George Mason, Ball State to continue non-conference series in 2019

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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, North Greenville pair win U.S. beach volleyball national title

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”

The Buzz: Social media reaction to Ball State opening Shondell Practice Center

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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”

Legendary players, coaches inducted into MIVA Hall of Fame

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Some of the top coaches and players throughout the 58-year history of the MIVA are now officially in the conference’s hall of fame.

The MIVA in its second year since establishing the honor formally inducted the 10 individuals to the MIVA Hall of Fame on Saturday in O’Fallon, Illinois. Continue reading “Legendary players, coaches inducted into MIVA Hall of Fame”