February 26, 2024
Men’s Volleyball Wraps up MIVA Regular Season Play at Home This Weekend

No. 11 Ball State (16-8, 9-3 MIVA) | No. 10 Loyola Chicago (21-4, 11-1 MIVA) Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm ET
| Purdue Fort-Wayne (16-10, 7-5 MIVA) Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm ET
Collection Heritage: Loyola Chicago potential customers the all-time collection 39-24
Very last conference: Loyola Chicago 3, Ball Condition 1 (2/16/23)
Collection Historical past: Ball Point out qualified prospects the series 80-33
Very last meeting: Ball Condition 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2 (2/18/23)
 
CRUZ’S Very first Unforgettable Year: The Cardinals are hunting to construct off a historic 2022 period which saw Donan Cruz, in his first calendar year at the helm, guide Ball State to a 23-4 all round history and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship. BSU was also ranked 3rd in the ultimate NVA/AVCA Men’s Division I-II Coaches Poll: the greatest ranking in software historical past. Ball State was also the 2022 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association typical year and tournament champions. Cruz was named the 2022 AVCA Mentor of the Calendar year past time and MIVA Mentor of the 12 months.
 
MIVA Match QUARTERFINALS: Ball Condition has clinched a residence activity in the MIVA Match quarterfinals which begins upcoming Saturday, April 15. The Cardinals will know their opponent adhering to this weekend’s matches. 
 
IS IT Doable? Yes: It is probable that the Cardinals could gain a share of the MIVA normal year title and earn the No. 1 seed. But only if the following comes about: Sharing the MIVA title would need two wins for Ball Condition and two losses for Loyola. Ball Condition earning the No. 1 seed would get the higher than taking place, in addition Ball Condition successful the tiebreaker, which would be beating Loyola in three sets, or beating them in 4 and obtaining the advantage in complete points. Beating the Ramblers in 5 would give Loyola the tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed.
 
SCOUTING LOYOLA CHICAGO: A win by the Ramblers in possibly of their closing two matches, or a person loss by both Ball Point out and Ohio State, would clinch the outright MIVA typical period title. Loyola Chicago arrives to Ball Condition Thursday with an overall document of 21-4 and stand at 11-1 in MIVA action. The Ramblers lone reduction in convention perform arrived towards Purdue Fort Wayne in 5 sets on March 18 in Fort Wayne. Loyola Chicago is led offensively by Parker Van Buren with 368 full kills for the time and he is averaging 4.04 kills per set which ranks fifth nationally. Defensively, Nicodemus Meyer averages 1.28 blocks for each established which ranks 3rd nationally. 
 
SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE: PFW is a single of the Cardinals longest rivals and will occur to Worthen Arena for senior and alumni evening Saturday for a 7 pm ET very first serve. The Mastodons get there in Muncie with a 16-10 overall document and at this time personal a 7-5 meeting ledger. Ball Condition defeated PFW in Fort Wayne Feb. 18 in a 5-set thriller. The Cardinals’ defense performed a large position in that gain as BSU set the software file in total blocks in a solitary match (26.5). It was also the third-most in NCAA rally scoring background. PFW is led by Jon Diedrich who is averaging 3.79 kills for every established. 
 
SCOUTING BALL Condition: The Cardinals are ranked 11th in the nation immediately after sweeping their next-straight MIVA weekend in a row with wins in excess of Quincy (3-) and Lewis (3-2). Ball Condition sits in second in the MIVA with a 16-8 general report and a 9-3 ledger in meeting participate in. Foremost the Cardinals offensively is Kaleb Jennes at 3.67 kills per established. 
 
MIVA Event Background: Ball Condition has won the MIVA Match title a complete of 15 instances (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002 & 2022).