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