►THE WEEK AHEAD: The Ball State women's volleyball team concludes a four-match home stand this weekend when it hosts Kent State Friday (7 p.m.) and Ohio Saturday (7:30 p.m.).
►FOLLOW THE ACTION: Ball State Sports Link Radio WCRD 91.3 FM will cover both of this weekend's matches live from Worthen Arena ... Adam Fox will call the play-by-play action, while Donnie Kolakowski and Bryan Lord deliver the color commentary ... Both matches will be streamed live for free on BallStateSports.com ... BallStateSports.com All Access Live Video will be available for both matches as well, with subscriptions starting at $9.95 a month ... In addition, live stats are also available for all of Ball State's home matches.
►CARDINALS ALL-TIME: Ball State enters Friday's contest with a 797-512-2 (.609) all-time record after suffering home losses to Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan last week ... BSU boasts a 58-23 (.716) mark under third-year head coach Steve Shondell, including a 28-10 (.739) record in Mid-American Conference play.
►BALL STATE IN THE MAC: With a 3-1 victory at Ohio (Oct. 14, 2011), Ball State became just the second women's volleyball program in league history to collect 300 Mid-American Conference victories ... With a 2-4 MAC record so far this season, BSU enters Friday's match versus Kent State with a 308-153 (.668) all-time record in conference matches ... BSU's record is the second-best in league history, trailing only Western Michigan's 321-140 (.696) all-time league mark ... Kent State is 10th all-time with a 161-300 (.349) MAC mark, while Ohio is sixth with a 242-219 (.516) all-time league record.
►FROM THE NEST: Ball State enters Friday's home match with a 7-3 record in Worthen Arena so far this season ... Ball State owns a 215-60 (.781) all-time record in matches played in Worthen Arena, including a 159-33 (.828) mark versus Mid-American Conference teams ... Kent State is 2-11 (.154) all-time in the building, while Ohio is 4-9 (.308).
►VS. KENT STATE: The Cardinals own a 36-11 advantage in the all-time series versus Kent State, including wins in the last two meetings ... Last season, BSU posted a 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-15) win over the Golden Flashes in Kent, Ohio (Oct. 15) ... Prior to BSU's current two-match winning streak, KSU had won the previous four meetings ... Ball State holds an 18-4 edge in matches played in Muncie, including an 11-2 mark in Worthen Arena.
►VS. OHIO: Ball State maintains a 33-13 lead in the all-time series versus Ohio, including two straight wins ... Last season, the Cardinals earned a hard-fought 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15) victory in Athens (Oct. 14), rallying from down 16-8 in the opening set on their way to spoiling the Bobcats' "Decade of Dominance" celebration that night ... BSU won 26 consecutive matches in the series from Oct. 18, 1985 to Sept. 28, 2002 ... Ohio would win the next 11 matches in the series, before Steve Shondell led the Cardinals over the Bobcats in his inaugural 2010 campaign ... Ball State holds a 16-5 advantage in Muncie, including a 9-4 edge in Worthen Arena.
►SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State enters the week ranked fifth in the MAC West Division with a 9-10 (2-4 MAC) record ... Last week, the Cardinals suffered home losses to Central Michigan (2-3) and Eastern Michigan (1-3) ... Kara Bates leads the Ball State attack and ranks third in the MAC with a 3.93 kills-per-set average, while Lisa Scott is second among BSU's starters at 2.45 ... Setter Jacqui Seidel has the BSU offense ranked second in the MAC with a .233 team hitting percentage, and has also collected assist/dig double-doubles in 10 of BSU's 19 matches ... Catie Fredrich paces the BSU backcourt and ranks second in the league with a 4.83 digs-per-set average ... As a team, Ball State is limiting its opponents to a .194 hitting mark which ranks BSU's defense fourth in the MAC.
►SCOUTING THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State enters the week with a 5-13 (2-4 MAC) record ... Last week, the Golden Flashes picked up a win over Buffalo (3-1) before falling to Akron (0-3) ... Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola paces the KSU attack with a 3.13 kills-per-set average, while Kelly Hutchison is second at 2.68 ... Aleksandra Nowak has set the Kent State offense to a .184 hitting mark this season, which ranks 10th among the 12 MAC teams ... Hannah Herc has a team-best 3.74 digs-per-set average ... As a team, KSU is allowing opponents to hit .241 which ranks last in the MAC.
►SCOUTING THE BOBCATS: Ohio enters the week with a 10-8 (5-1 MAC) record ... Ohio will play at Toledo Friday, before traveling to Muncie for Saturday's showdown ... Last week, Ohio swept both Akron (3-0) and Buffalo (3-0) at home ... In fact, all five of Ohio's league wins have been sweeps, while it was swept by Bowling Green (Sept. 21) in its only league loss to date ... Kelly Lamberti paces the Bobcats attack and ranks fourth in the MAC with a 3.80 kills-per-set average, while Chelsea Bilger is second on the squad at 2.98 ... Abby Gilleland and Leah Petrovich have combined to set the Ohio offense to a .226 hitting mark this season, which ranks fifth in the league ... Meredith Ashy anchors the Ohio backcourt with a 4.63 digs-per-set average to rank fifth in the conference ... As a team, the Ohio defense leads the league by limiting opponents to a .170 hitting mark.
►IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS: Ball State enters the weekend ranked 47th in the nation with a 13.88 team kills-per-set average, while its .233 hitting percentage is 78th among the 330 NCAA Division I programs ... Individually, Kara Bates is 59th nationally with her 3.93 kills-per-set average, Catie Fredrich is 68th at 4.97 digs-per-set and Jacqui Seidel is 30th at 11.20 assists-per-set.
►HITTING THE MARK: Senior middle hitter Lisa Scott turned in a pair of impressive performances last weekend to earn MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week accolades ... In BSU's two matches last week, Scott hit a combined .567 with 35 kills on 60 attempts while posting just one hitting error ... Her 17 kills versus CMU were a then-career-high, which she broke one night later with 18 kills against EMU.
►LEADING THE PACK: Senior outside hitter Kara Bates has led the Ball State attack in kills 15 times this season, including 12 of the last 13 matches ... She posted a career-high 24 kills at Northern Colorado (Sept. 8), while collected 19 kills in four other matches ... A 2011 First Team All-MAC selection, Bates currently ranks third in the MAC with a 3.93 kills-per-set average ... Last season, Bates only averaged 3.03 kills per set over the first 19 matches of the season.
►FREDRICH ON D: A five-time career MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week selection, including once this season, junior defensive specialist Catie Fredrich has racked up double-digit digs in 18 of BSU's 19 matches this season, with 20-or-more digs five times ... Overall, Fredrich has led BSU in digs in 47 of the last 49 matches dating back to last season, while earning match-high honors in 33 of the contests.
►DIGGING DEEP: With her 35 digs last week, Catie Fredrich moved into eighth in program history with 1,152 career digs ... Fredrich is 53 digs shy of passing Megan Hammons (1998-2001) career total of 1,204 for seventh on BSU's all-time list ... Fredrich's 22-dig effort versus Wyoming (Sept. 15) marked the 14th time in her career she has posted 20-or-more digs in a match which ranks fifth in BSU annals ... Her 60 career matches with double-figure digs ranks sixth on BSU's career charts, while her 3.87 career digs-per-set average is fourth.
►STEPPING IN: With injuries limiting the Cardinals' front line, freshman Jenna Spadafora has stepped up in a huge way on the left side for BSU ... Since taking over the No. 2 outside position versus Akron (Sept. 22), Spadafora ranks third on the team with 36 kills and boasts a .222 (36-14-99) attack percentage ... BSU's backup setter entering the year, Spadafora blasted a career-high 11 kills versus both the Zips and at Western Michigan (Sept. 29).
►SET FOR SUCCESS: Junior setter Jacqui Seidel has guided the Ball State offense to a .262 hitting mark over the last nine matches, including a season-best .330 effort versus Wright State (Sept. 15) ... She has set five players to hitting marks of .244-or-better during the run, and helped the Cardinals climb to second in the league with a .233 team hitting mark for the year.