►THE WEEK AHEAD: The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes the non-conference portion of its 2013 regular season schedule this weekend when it competes in the College of Charleston Classic ... The Cardinals open the tournament Friday with a 4:30 p.m. first serve versus UNC-Asheville ... Saturday, the Cardinals battle Southern Methodist (Noon) and the host Cougars (7:30 p.m.).
►FOLLOW THE ACTION: Ball State fans can follow the action during the College of Charleston Classic with live stats for all three matches by using the live stats link above ... In addition, Saturday’s match versus the College of Charleston will be streamed live by CofC on Ustream.tv ... Fans can also keep up with the program on twitter @BallStateVB.
►CARDINALS ALL-TIME: After sweeping IUPUI Tuesday, the Ball State women’s volleyball team enters the CofC Classic with an 811-522-2 (.608) all-time record ... BSU boasts a 72-33 (.686) mark under fourth-year head coach Steve Shondell, including a 33-15 (.677) record in Mid-American Conference play.
►FROM THE NEST: With a 2-0 home record so far this season, the Cardinals own a 218-64 (.773) all-time record in matches played in Worthen Arena, including a 160-36 (.816) mark versus Mid-American Conference teams.
►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 CofC CLASSIC FIELD: The Ball State women’s volleyball team is 1-1 all-time versus teams in the CofC Classic ... BSU has never faced UNC-Asheville in women’s volleyball ... The Cardinals hold a 1-0 edge over Southern Methodist, picking up a 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-26) home win over the Mustangs Sept. 26, 2005 ... The College of Charleston holds a 1-0 series lead over Ball State with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-15, 30-25) neutral site victory Sept. 14, 2007.
►SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State enters the weekend with a 9-3 overall record after Tuesday’s home sweep of IUPUI ... Alex Fuelling paces the squad and ranks third in the MAC with a 3.87 kills-per-set average, while Hayley Benson ranks fifth in the conference with a .377 attack percentage ... Jacqui Seidel and Jenna Spadafora have combined to set the Ball State offense to a .246 attacking mark which ranks third in the league ... In the backcourt, Catie Fredrich has tallied double-digit digs in 11 of BSU’s 12 matches this season for an average of 4.33 digs per set ... As a team, the Ball State defense has held opponents to a combined .146 hitting mark which ranks second in the MAC.
►SCOUTING UNC-ASHEVILLE: The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 7-4 overall record after going 2-1 at last weekend’s UNC-Wilmington Invitational ... UNC-Asheville suffered a 3-1 setback to the host Seahawks, before rebounding for wins over Mercer (3-1) and North Carolina A&T (3-0) ... Christine Lakatos leads the team with a 3.43 kills-per-set average, while Katie Davis has set the squad to a .203 attack percentage ... The Bulldogs’ opponents are connecting for a .174 rate of success this season.
►SCOUTING SOUTHERN METHODIST: The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 6-4 overall record after going 1-2 at last weekend’s Aztec Invitational ... After losing to host San Francisco (3-2) and Harvard (3-2), the Mustangs rallied to top Northeastern (3-2) ... Caroline Young leads the team with a 3.00 kills-per-set average, while Avery Acker has set the squad to a .234 attack percentage ... The Mustangs’ opponents are connecting for a .196 rate of success this season.
►SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: The Cougars enter their second home tournament with an 8-2 overall record after going 1-2 at last weekend’s Long Beach State Tournament ... After running its season-opening winning streak to eight matches with a 3-1 win over Seattle, CofC suffered losses to Long Beach State (3-1) and Loyola Marymount (3-0) to end the tournament ... Muncie native Darcy Dorton leads the Cougars with a 3.21 kills-per-set average ... The first AVCA All-American in program history last season, Dorton transferred to CofC after a very successful freshman campaign at Penn State (2009) which saw her pick up Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, AVCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades and a NCAA Division I National Championship ... Kallie McKown and Taeler Davis have combined to set the Cougars offense to a .263 ... CofC opponents are hitting .169 this season.
►DISHING THE ROCK AT A RECORD PACE: Senior setter Jacqui Seidel turn in one of the best matches of her career Tuesday in setting the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over IUPUI ... Seidel’s 51 assists in the match were the most for a Ball State setter in a three-set contest in the rally scoring era, topping the previous mark of 46 set by Brittany McGinnis versus Murray State Sept. 3, 2011.
►MORE ON SEIDEL: Jacqui Seidel, who was named the Most Valuable Performer at last weekend’s Hawkeye Challenge, enters the CofC Classic ranked eighth in program history with 1,885 career assists ... As last weekend’s Hawkeye Challenge, Seidel served up 12 aces and guided the BSU offense to a .283 (112-37-265) attack percentage in the frames she set ... 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 team to a .376 (43-8-93) rate of success 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 ... This is the seventh career MAC West weekly award for Fredrich.
►GOING FOR 2,000: Catie Fredrich enters the weekend ranked fifth in program history with 1,568 career digs ... She needs just 85 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 432 more this season ... Fredrich, who has collected double-digit digs in 11 matches this season, also ranks fourth in career matches with double-digit digs (82), 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 FINDS HER GROVE: After leading the squad with 42 total kills at last weekend’s Hawkeye Challenge, redshirt freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kitchel continued her solid offensive play Tuesday with a career-high and match-best 17 kills versus IUPUI ... A transfer from Cincinnati, Kitchel has played a large role in BSU’s current six-match winning streak, leading the team with 66 kills and hitting .336 (66-17-146) during the run ... She has also racked up 10 total blocks during the streak, including a team-best seven solo stuffs.
►DOMINATING DEFENSE: During its current six-match winning streak, the Ball State defense has limited opposing teams to a combined .106 attack percentage ... Over the span, the Cardinals are posting 2.15 blocks and 15.60 digs per set, which has helped limit opponents to 9.95 kills per set ... During the run, BSU has held four of its opponents below .100 hitting marks.
►DOMINATING OFFENSE: In contrast to its opponents, the Ball State offense is operating at a .287 rate of success over the past six matches, while averaging 14.85 kills per set ... If those were season totals, the kills-per-set average would rank 10th nationally, while the attack percentage would be 22nd.
►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 MAC West Division in the league’s annual preseason coaches poll 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 garnered two each.