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#2 Matt McCarthy
Position: Middle Attacker
Height: 6'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Wheaton, Ill.
High School: Wheaton Warrenville South
Experience: 3 Letters
Matt McCarthy
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 12/09/2006

2008 (Jr.): First Team All-MIVA . . . started 29 of the 30 matches he played . . . tied for team-high honors with 106 games played . . . ranked 10th in the nation with a .428 hitting percentage . . . named MIVA Player of the Week after recording career-highs of 11 block assists and 13 total blocks in BSU’s second of back-to-back wins over No. 7 UCLA (3/1) . . . smashed a career-high 18 kills at No. 14 George Mason (2/8) . . . collected double-digit kills in 12 matches . . . added 10 total blocks in a win at Pacific (2/1).

2007 (So.): Second Team All-MIVA . . . started all 29 matches . . . saw action in 99 games . . . ranked ninth in the nation with a .448 hitting percentage . . . recorded 17 kills at Lewis (4/11) . . . added a season-best six digs versus Lewis (4/21) . . . named MIVA Player of the Week (4/24) . . . posted double-figure kills in 13 matches . . . tallied a season-high nine total blocks and a career-best three solo blocks at Carthage (3/3) . . . scored a season-best seven block assists at Springfield College (2/10).

2006 (Fr.): Played in all 28 matches and in 85 games . . . ranked in the top 10 in the MIVA in hitting percentage (.349, 7th), blocks per game (1.11, 8th) and aces per game (0.28, 9th) . . . tied teammate Mark Termion with a BSU single-match record 11 aces at Central State (2/7) . . . smashed a season-high 12 kills in two matches . . . recorded at least one block in 27 matches, including seven block assists twice.

2005: Redshirt . . . middle blocker for the USA Men’s Junior National Team, which competed in India from Aug. 6-14.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters in volleyball at Wheaton Warrenville South . . . team went 41-0 on way to 2004 Illinois State Championship, losing only two of a possible 84 games . . . MVP of 2004 Best of Illinois Tournament . . . unanimous selection to DuPage Valley All-Conference and Illinois High School Association All-State teams . . . Chicago Tribune Player of the Year, 2004 All-State Team . . . 2004 Chicago Sun-Times All-State Team . . . member of the Chicago Area Sports Performance club team . . . listed in Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 Class for 2004.

PERSONAL: Son of Robert and Sue McCarthy . . . has one sister . . . majoring in marketing . . . owns a 3.00 grade-point average on Ball State’s 4.0 scale . . . born August 14, 1986, in Hinsdale, Ill.