March 3, 2024
No. 8 Men’s Volleyball Hosts No. 11 BYU For Two Matches Starting Thursday

No. 8 Ball State (4-2) vs. No. 11 BYU (5-1) | Thursday, Feb. 2 (7 p.m. ET)  

Final meeting:  Ball Condition 3, BYU 1 (2/5/22)  | Sequence Heritage: BYU leads the all-time collection 17-4

CRUZ’S First Unforgettable Season: The Cardinals are on the lookout to develop off a historic 2022 time which saw Donan Cruz, in his very first calendar year at the helm, guide Ball Point out to a 23-4 in general report and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship. BSU was also rated third in the remaining NVA/AVCA Men’s Division I-II Coaches Poll: the best position in software heritage. Ball Point out was also the 2022 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Affiliation regular time and event champions. Cruz was named the 2022 AVCA Coach of the 12 months final period and MIVA Mentor of the Yr. 

SCOUTING BYU: Following a road sequence in opposition to UC Irvine, the Cougars (5-1) moved up to No. 11 in this week’s AVCA coaches poll. BYU break up the collection 1-1 with No. 6 UC Irvine, defeating the Anteaters on Saturday, January 27 in a 3-2 upset get. Teon Taylor gained Off the Block Nationwide Middle Attacker of the Week and was also named MPSF participant of the week. It was BYU’s to start with weekly conference honor because former Cougar Davide Gardini received Offensive Participant of the Week on March 21, 2021

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball Condition is coming off back-to-back 3- sweeps past weekend above Queens (Charlotte) and Sacred Heart. The Cardinals keep on being at No. 8 in the place with a 4-2 mark. The two matches this weekend from No. 11 BYU will be the 2nd ranked opponent the Cardinals have faced this season. Offensivley, Kaleb Jenness led Ball State is kills (23) even though Vanis Buckholz shined defensively with 10 blocks. 

Previous MATCH Against THE COUGARS: The Cardinals fell guiding early to the Cougars following dropping the to start with set 25-23. Ball Point out then came back again with a vengeance having the next body from BYU, 25-19. The 3rd set went to further factors as each teams performed neck and neck. Unfortunately, the Cardinals dropped the 3rd established to the Cougars, 33-31. Set four was a battle but again-to-back again BYU hitting errors late in the body allowed Ball Condition to go up 22-20. Sophomore reverse hitter Dyer Ball’s kill place the Cardinals up 23-20 around the Cougars. An ace by senior reverse hitter Kaleb Jenness and a different get rid of by Ball sealed the victory for BSU. For the recreation, Jenness led the staff with 19 kills and Ball registered a particular finest 17-get rid of functionality.

MIVA/AVCA PREASEASON PREDICTION: The reigning 2022 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association standard season and match champions, the Ball Condition men’s volleyball staff was picked first in the preseason MIVA poll. In addition, two Cardinals were named to the 12-member preseason all-conference staff — outside the house attacker Kaleb Jenness and middle blocker Felix Egharevba. Jenness was also tabbed as the preseason MIVA Player of the Yr. The Cardinals had been recently selected No. 6 in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll.

CARDINAL STANDOUTS RETURN: The Cardinals return veterans outside attacker Kaleb Jenness and middle blocker Felix Egharevba. Jenness has been tabbed preseason All-MIVA a few straight seasons. Previous year, Jenness was tabbed the MIVA Player of the Calendar year and the MIVA Tournament MVP though also tallying To start with Workforce All-MIVA honors. Jenness was also tabbed as To start with Team NVA/AVCA All-American. Egharevba, a drive to be reckoned with on defense, Egharevba was tabbed to the All-MIVA Next Crew for the 2nd time in his job. Very last year Egharevba also acquired NVA/AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. He finished very last period as the 2021-22 NCAA Division NCstatistical winner for blocks for each established (1.41).

United states of america VOLLEYBALL WINS BRONZE: Ball State men’s volleyball senior Kaleb Jenness along with his former teammate and alumnus Quinn Isaacson assisted the United states of america Men’s Volleyball team gain the bronze medal at the Pan Am Cup this past summer in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. The U.S. led in kills (56-42) and experienced a .463 hitting effectiveness guiding Isaacson who dished out 86 helps in 4 sets (25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21) against Chile.

Up coming Match: The Cardinals continue to be at property for their very last two of eight household matches in row when Ball Point out opens MIVA action towards Lewis (2/9) and Mckendree (2/11). The video games are slated for a 7 pm and 5 pm ET get started, respectively.