►THE WEEK AHEAD: The Ball State women's volleyball team closes the 2012 season Saturday, when it hosts Xavier at 7 p.m. in a non-conference showdown at Worthen Arena.
►FOLLOW THE ACTION: Ball State Sports Link Radio WCRD 91.3 FM is slated to broadcast Saturday's match versus Xavier with Donnie Kolakowski and Bryan Lord covering the action live from courtside ... The match will also be streamed live as part of the Ball State All Access package ... Live stats will also be available for the match.
►CARDINALS ALL-TIME: Ball State enters Saturday's match versus Xavier with an 802-518-2 (.607) all-time record ... BSU boasts a 63-29 (.685) mark under third-year head coach Steve Shondell, including a 33-15 (.688) 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 7-9 MAC record this season, BSU ended league play with a 313-158 (.665) all-time record in conference matches ... BSU's record is the second-best in league history, trailing only Western Michigan's 330-141 (.701) all-time MAC mark.
►FROM THE NEST: With an 8-6 home record so far this season, Ball State maintains a 216-63 (.774) all-time record in matches played in Worthen Arena, including a 160-36 (.816) mark versus Mid-American Conference teams.
►VS. XAVIER: Ball State holds a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Xavier ... The Cardinals won the first five meetings in the series, starting with a 2-0 (15-10, 15-10) victory Nov. 2, 1982 in the first match between the two programs ... Xavier won the most recent meeting by a score of 3-0 (30-23, 31-29, 30-21) on Aug. 25, 2006 ... Ball State holds a 2-1 edge in matches play in Muncie, with Xavier winning the only match played in Worthen Arena.
►SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State enters Saturday's match with a 14-16 (7-9 MAC) record ... Last week, the Cardinals suffered a 3-0 setback to Ohio in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament ... Kara Bates leads the Ball State attack and ranks fourth in the MAC with a 3.65 kills-per-set average, while Lisa Scott is second among BSU's starters at 2.54 ... Setters Jacqui Seidel and Jenna Spadafora have helped the BSU offense rank third in the MAC with a .220 team hitting percentage ... Catie Fredrich paces the BSU backcourt and ranks first in the league with a 5.01 digs-per-set average ... As a team, Ball State is limiting its opponents to a .207 hitting mark which ranks BSU's defense seventh in the MAC.
►SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS: Xavier enters the week with a 20-11 (11-3 A-10) record and an outside chance to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament entering the week ranked 53rd in the NCAA RPI ... Last week, the Musketeers advanced to the championship match of the A-10 Tournament with a semifinal win over VCU (3-0) before falling to then-No. 12 Xavier (3-2) ... Sarah Brown paces the Xavier attack with a 3.35 kills-per-set average, while Alex Smith is second on the squad at 2.45 ... Aubree Smith has set the Musketeers offense to .210 hitting mark this season ... Stephanie Vorherr anchors the Xavier backcourt with a 4.77 digs-per-set average ... The Xavier defense is limiting opponents to a .151 hitting mark.
►IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS: Ball State entered the week ranked 74th in the nation with a 16.40 digs-per-set average, while the team's 13.52 kills-per-set average was 75th ... Individually, Jacqui Seidel ranks 38th in the nation with her 11.01 assists-per-set average, Catie Fredrich is 61st with her 5.01 digs-per-set average, Lisa Scott is 88th with her .336 hitting mark and Kara Bates is 108th with her 3.65 kills-per-set average.
►THREE CARDINALS HONORED BY MAC COACHES: Ball State's Kara Bates and Lisa Scott were named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team, while Jenna Spadafora earned recognition on the MAC All-Freshman Team.
►DOMINATING THE MAC: Senior middle hitter Lisa Scott found her grove in the Ball State lineup during MAC play, ranking first in the conference with a .360 attack percentage in league-only matches ... Northern Illinois' Sarah Angelos was second in MAC-only contests with a .349 hitting effort ... Scott, who hit .304 in BSU's 13 pre-conference matches, hit .304-or-better in 12 of BSU's 16 league contests, including .400-or-better efforts in nine matches.
►LEADING THE PACK: Senior outside hitter Kara Bates has led the Ball State attack in kills 21 times this season ... She posted a career-high 24 kills at Northern Colorado (Sept. 8), while collecting 19 kills in five other matches ... Bates has smashed double-digit kills in 24 matches this season which ties as the 13th-best single season total in program history.
►AN OFFENSIVE BOOST: With three outside hitters out of the lineup due to injury, freshman Jenna Spadafora has played a key role on offense for the Cardinals during league play ... Entering the season as the team's backup setter, Spadafora has blasted double-digit kills in seven matches from the left side, while serving as the team's setter for two others in MAC action ... In league action, Spadafora averaged 2.35 kills, 1.73 digs, 1.47 assists, 0.29 blocks and 0.20 aces per set ... She also posted three kill/dig double-double.
►WELCOME BACK LIBERO: After missing her first career match versus Ohio (Oct. 13), junior Catie Fredrich has posted 20-or-more digs in six of the nine matches since her return, including a career-high 33 digs in BSU's match at Miami (Oct. 20) ... She has also turned in a stellar .995 reception percentage over the span, passing 203 of the 204 service attempts she has faced.
►DIGGING DEEP: With 10 digs last week, Catie Fredrich remains fifth in program history with 1,360 career digs ... Fredrich is 220 digs shy of passing Amanda McCormick's (2005-06) career total of 1,579 for fourth on BSU's all-time list ... Fredrich's 70 matches with double-figure digs ranks fourth on BSU's career charts, as does her 4.04 career digs-per-set average ... Her 20 career matches with 20-or-more digs is fifth currently fifth in program history.