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OU Volleyball's Tria McLean, setter, lunges for the ball on Sept. 24, 2021. The Bobcats won 3-0 against Toledo.

Volleyball: Ohio travels to take on conference opponent Ball State in two-match series

Ohio is back on the road this weekend. It will travel to face Ball State in a pair of Mid-American Conference matches. 

Game Information 

Dates: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 

Location: Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana

How to Watch: WatchESPN 

What to Know 

In its first weekend of MAC play, Ball State split a series at Kent State. On Sept. 24, Ball State was defeated 3-2, and on Sept. 25, it won 3-0. Ohio faced a similar fate, splitting its first MAC series with Toledo. 

The last time Ohio and Ball State faced each other was March 4-5, 2021. The Cardinals opened the weekend with a 3-2 victory. The next day, the Bobcats flipped the switch and won 3-0, splitting the series at The Convo. 

Ohio is losing the overall series 8-5 since 2010. Its longest win streak in the regular season series was two matches from 2014-2015. When playing in Muncie against the Cardinals, the Bobcats are 2-2.

Players to Watch For

Ohio outside hitter Margolies 

Olivia Margolies had a total of 22 kills last weekend against Toledo. She was a key part in Ohio’s offense due to her attacking and her passing ability having a large impact on the court.   

Ohio libero/defensive specialist Steele

Sam Steele is a large part of Ohio’s defense. She’s all over the court and helps to keep volleys alive by diving and running from corner to corner. She’ll play a large part in how Ohio performs this weekend.  

Ball State outside hitter/opposite Mitchem 

Natalie Mitchem has 147 kills so far this season and is a big part of Ball State’s offense. She also helps the team on defense and has 32 block assists this season. 

Ball State defensive specialist/setter Vinson

Kate Vinson has made a splash for Ball State this season. So far, she has 198 digs and is helping out the Cardinals’ defense. 

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