Coach Cruz Makes His Coaching Debut With The Cardinals As MVB Host Maryville Thursday

Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Maryville (0-1, 0-0 GLVC)

Thursday, January 13 (7:00 PM ET)

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Series history: first meeting

NEW AGE: The Ball State men’s volleyball program opens the Donan Cruz era Thursday night with a 7:00 p.m. first serve against Maryville… Before Cruz took over from the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University… Just the Fourth Head Coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 point in the 2012 season, heading to an overall record of 211-55 with the Vikings… Grand View career finished with the best win percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

SCOUTING MARYVILLE: The Saints go into tonight’s game with an overall record of 0-1 after dropping their season opener against fellow MIVA school No. 9 Lewis by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday, January 11 in Romeoville, Illinois. … Maryville was led by freshman versus hitter Mason Mortimer with five kills.

CARDINALS SAY farewell to a legend: dr. Don Shondell, an iconic figure in the sport of volleyball who founded the men’s program at Ball State University, died on November 24… He was 92… A graduate of Ball State in 1952 and 1956, Shondell had an illustrious career that was long and varied as a coach , professor and author … He formed the first men’s club volleyball team in Ball State in 1960 and would work tirelessly for the next four years to make men’s volleyball a varsity sport … The team achieved varsity status in 1964, and during his 34 seasons at the helm of the program, Dr. Shondell set a career record of 769-280-6 (0.732), earning him the second most wins by a head coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history… His 769 career wins are the most by a Ball State coach in any sport … dr. Shondell has been awarded the Coach of the Year award eight times from the MIVA, the conference of which he co-founded and first president… Dr. Shondell led Ball State to 19 regular-season MIVA titles, 12 MIVA Tournament championships, and 13 NCAA berths to the men’s volleyball championship.

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