It’s not as big of a challenge any more for coach Joel Walton to recruit players to Ball State.
Walton said interview with Off the Block earlier this week that the university building a new training facility for the team and awarding additional men’s volleyball scholarships has significantly improved Ball State’s latest recruiting classes.
UC Irvine ends the season where it began: atop the national coaches poll.
The NCAA champion Anteaters received 15 of 16 first-place votes and finished No. 1 in the season’s final AVCA national coaches poll that was released Tuesday.
Loyola after getting a share of the MIVA regular season championship has now picked up the top two individual conference awards.
The MIVA announced Wednesday that Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer was selected as the 2013 MIVA Player of the Year, while freshman outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke was the 2013 MIVA Freshman of the Year.
Ball State extended its winning streak to a historic milestone and clinched a home match for the conference tournament as it defeated No. 6 Lewis 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-15 on Thursday in Muncie.
With this victory, Ball State is now on an 11-match winning streak — tying the program’s longest winning streak in more than 20 years. In addition, the Cardinals have clinched the No. 4 seed for the MIVA Tournament and still controls their own fate for the No. 3 seed.
No. 5 Ohio State (10-2, 4-0 MIVA) remained undefeated in conference play as it swept Ball State (6-5, 1-2 MIVA) 25-16, 25-21, 28-26 on Friday at Worthen Arena.
With this victory the Buckeyes extended their nation-best winning streak to 10 matches and will likely remain in the top five of next week’s national rankings. This was also the ninth consecutive match that Ball State has lost to Ohio State — the worst losing streak against the Buckeyes in Cardinals’ 47-year program history.
Check out this postmatch press conference with Ball State coach Joel Walton as he discusses his team’s struggles in the match, some positives they can take from the loss and if this is the best Ohio State he has ever seen.