►THE WEEK AHEAD: The Ball State women’s volleyball team will put its five-match winning streak on the line Tuesday when it hosts in-state rival IUPUI in a 7 p.m. showdown at Worthen Arena.
►LIVE ON SPORTS LINK TV: Ball State Sports Link will televise Tuesday’s match versus IUPUI live state-wide on Comcast Indiana 81, as well as locally in Muncie (Comcast 61) and on campus (Cardinal Vision 57) ... In addition, the match will be streamed live and for FREE on BallStateSports.com ... Luke Martin will serve as the play-by-play announcer with Zach Hughes as the color analyst ... Former Ball State women’s basketball player Chloe Barnes (2009-11) will also join the broadcast as the social media host, while Brad Dailey will produce the match.
►MORE WAYS TO FOLLOW THE ACTION TUESDAY: In addition to SL TV, Ball State Sports Link Radio WCRD 91.3 FM will carry Tuesday’s match versus IUPUI live over the airwaves and online at BallStateSports.com ... Rob Connent will handle the play-by-play duties for WCRD, while Drew Bogs and Andy Wright cover the color commentary ... Live stats will also be available for the match at the link provided above ... Fans can also keep up with the program on twitter @BallStateVB.
►CARDINALS ALL-TIME: After taking home the Hawkeye Challenge tournament title by posting a perfect 4-0 record last weekend, the Ball State women’s volleyball team enters Tuesday’s match with an 810-522-2 (.608) all-time record ... BSU boasts a 71-33 (.683) mark under fourth-year head coach Steve Shondell, including a 33-15 (.677) record in Mid-American Conference play.
►FROM THE NEST: After posting a 3-2 home win over IPFW on Sept. 4, the Cardinals own a 217-64 (.772) all-time record in matches played in Worthen Arena, including a 160-36 (.816) mark versus Mid-American Conference teams ... IUPUI is 1-5 all-time in Worthen Arena, picking up its lone win in the facility by a score of 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20) Sept. 9, 2008.
►IN THE MAC: The Ball State women’s volleyball team entered the 2013 season with a 318-161 (.664) all-time record in Mid-American Conference matches, which ranks second among all league schools ... Western Michigan is first with a 336-143 (.701) league mark ... All records have been updated to reflect the addition of the 1982 MAC regular season standings which the league found the official records for this past summer.
►BALL STATE VERSUS IUPUI: The Cardinals hold a 13-3 lead in the all-time series versus the Jaguars, including four consecutive wins ... However, one of IUPUI’s three wins was later vacated ... Last season, Ball State tallied a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) victory at IUPUI on Sept. 1 ... The Jaguars’ last win in the series was the 3-1 victory at Worthen Arena Sept. 9, 2008.
►SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State enters Tuesday’s in-state showdown with an 8-3 overall record after bringing back the Hawkeye Challenge tournament title last weekend ... Alex Fuelling paces the squad and ranks third in the MAC with a 3.74 kills-per-set average, while Hayley Benson ranks seventh in the conference with a .362 attack percentage ... Jacqui Seidel and Jenna Spadafora have combined to set the Ball State offense to a .241 attacking mark which ranks third in the league ... In the backcourt, Catie Fredrich has tallied double-digit digs in 10 of BSU’s 11 matches this season for an average of 4.31 digs per set ... As a team, the Ball State defense has held opponents to a combined .143 hitting mark which ranks second in the MAC.
►SCOUTING THE JAGUARS: IUPUI enters Tuesday’s showdown versus Ball State with a 4-7 overall record after going 1-3 last week ... The Jaguars posted a 3-1 mid-week win over Indiana State Tuesday, before dropping three matches in the Ohio State Tournament, losing to the 13th-ranked Buckeyes (3-0), Xavier (3-0) and Southeast Missouri State (3-2) ... Moriah Fair leads the IUPUI attack with a 3.93 kills-per-set average, while Kaitlyn Hickey is second at 3.23 ... Alexis Meeks has set the Jags offense to a .191 rate of success this season, while Beth Howard has a team-best 4.95 digs-per-set average in the backcourt ... The IUPUI defense is holding opponents to a .183 attack percentage.
►SEIDEL PICKS UP MVP HONORS: Senior setter Jacqui Seidel was named the Hawkeye Challenge tournament MVP after serving up 12 aces and guiding the BSU offense to a .283 (112-37-265) attack percentage in the frames she set last weekend ... Seidel opened the tournament with four aces versus Western Illinois, only to serve up a career-high five aces in the win over Iowa ... Seidel also led Ball State to its best offensive outing of the weekend when she set the Cardinals to a .376 (43-8-93) rate of success in the championship match versus UIC.
►ALL-TOURNAMENT AWARDS: With three more all-tournament awards last weekend, the Cardinals have racked up six honors so far this season ... At last weekend’s Hawkeye Challenge, Jacqui Seidel was named the tournament’s MVP, while Kylee Baker and Catie Fredrich both earned nods on the all-tournament squad ... Mindy Marx took home all-tournament accolades from the Diet Coke Classic hosted by then-No. 4 Minnesota, while both Hayley Benson and Alex Fuelling were named to the USF All-Tournament squad.
►DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For her efforts in guiding the Cardinals to the Hawkeye Challenge tournament title, senior libero Catie Fredrich was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week ... Over BSU’s four matches at the event, Fredrich averaged 4.86 digs per set and posted a perfect 1.000 reception percentage (44-for-44) … Her 25 digs in the win over Big Ten foe and tournament host Iowa were a season-high … She also served up five total aces, including two in the championship match win over UIC ... This is the seventh career MAC West weekly award for Fredrich.
►GOING FOR 2,000: Catie Fredrich enters the week ranked fifth in program history with 1,554 career digs ... She needs just 99 more digs to climb into third in BSU’s record book and could become just the third player in program history to reach 2,000 career digs with 446 more this season ... Fredrich, who has collected double-digit digs in 10 matches this season, also ranks fourth in career matches with double-digit digs (81), fourth in career digs-per-set average (4.08) and tied for fourth in career matches with 20-or-more digs (24).
►THE 20 KILL CLUB: With 20 kills in last Friday’s win over Iowa, Alex Fuelling became just the fourth player in program history to smash 20-or-more kills in a match at least twice in the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present) ... Kelsey Brandl (2009-11) accomplished the task five times over her career, including a BSU 25-point rally scoring era record 25 kills at Toledo (Oct. 7, 2010) ... Kara Bates (2011-12) and Julie Breivogel (2006-09) are the only other players to blast 20-or-more kills in a match twice since 2008.
►KITCHEL TURNS IN SOLID WEEKEND: Redshirt freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kitchel found her grove in the Ball State offense this past weekend, leading the squad with 42 kills at the Hawkeye Challenge ... A transfer from Cincinnati where she redshirted last season, Kitchel started the tournament with career-highs of 14 kills and a .379 (14-3-29) attack percentage against Western Illinois ... She also ranked second on the squad with nine total blocks over the weekend, including a career-best three solo stuffs versus WIU.
►BIG TEN WIN: Ball State’s 3-1 win over Iowa last Saturday at the Hawkeye Challenge marked the first time the Cardinals have defeated a Big Ten team since Sept. 17, 1996, when BSU topped Indiana 3-1 ... Ball State is 49-93 all-time in matches versus Big Ten opponents.
►MAC PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATION: Ball State was selected to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference West Division in the league’s annual preseason coaches poll which was released Aug. 28 ... Western Michigan is the favorite to win the division with five first place votes, followed by Northern Illinois (four first-place votes), Central Michigan (three first-place votes), BSU, Eastern Michigan and Toledo ... Bowling Green picked up seven first place votes to lead the MAC East, followed by Ohio (five first-place votes), Miami, Buffalo, Akron and Kent State ... Bowling Green and Ohio both received four votes to win the 2013 MAC Tournament, while Northern Illinois and Western Michigan each garnered a pair of votes.