Ball State adds Freshman All-American, highly touted international recruits to roster

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Patrick Rogers has gone from playing for a program being disbanded to joining one of the most storied programs in college men’s volleyball.

Ball State announced via social media Monday that the Freshman All-American will transfer to be a part of the Cardinals for the 2024 season.

Rogers led St. Francis Brooklyn and was ninth in the nation with a 3.94 kills per game average last season, including having a season-high 28 kills against D’Youville. This offensive performance also came after St. Francis Brooklyn opted to eliminate all of its athletics teams at the end of the school year.


The NEC Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-NEC selection has spent the offseason training with the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team.

Along with Rogers, Ball State announced Monday that it signed two international recruits.

Mateusz Karpow, a 6-foot-7 opposite from Poland, joins the Cardinals after playing club volleyball in Israel.

Lucas Machado, a 20-year-old setter from Brazil, was one of the youngest players on the Minas roster in the Brazilian Volleyball Super League. In addition, Machado arrives to Ball State following Minas finishing as the runner-up last season in the Brazilian Volleyball Super League.

Ball State ended last season winning its second consecutive MIVA regular season championship and advanced to the MIVA Tournament finals.