Cardinals In The Crowd (Feb. 8)

BY ALEC RUNYAN | Ball State Sports Link

The action in Ball State Sports continued across many sports last week, including a triple header of action inside Worthen Arena Saturday.

From hoops to gymnastics and tennis to volleyball, here’s this week’s “Cardinals In The Crowd.”

Jarron Coleman – Men’s Basketball

Sophomore guard Jarron Coleman, who has sat out a majority of the season due to injury, appears to be back and stronger than ever after last week’s performances.

In Wednesday’s loss against a very solid Buffalo team, Coleman put up 11 points, eight rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Coleman stayed hot by putting up season-highs in both points (19) and rebounds (9) in BSU’s 81-67 win over MAC leader Toledo.

The Cardinals (7-9, 5-6 MAC) travel to Central Michigan Tuesday, Feb. 9 tipping off at 7 p.m.

Allison Hamaker – Women’s Volleyball

Sophomore Allison Hamaker and the Cardinals split a two match series with conference opponent Toledo last week.

Despite losing 3-2 in Thursday’s match, Hamaker had a season-high 17 kills giving Ball State a chance until the end.

Hamaker came back Friday with 14 more kills to help give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory.

Ball State (5-1, 5-1 MAC) returns home to Worthen Arena this Thursday, Feb. 11 starting at 7 p.m.

Sydney Freeman – Women’s Basketball

The Cardinals were able to edge out a very tough Central Michigan team 69-66 on the road last Wednesday.

Sophomore Sydney Freeman found the ball in her hands most of the final minute, going 4-4 from the free throw line to give BSU the final advantage they needed to secure the win. Freeman finished with 12 points and six assists.

In the Cardinals overtime loss to Akron Saturday, Freeman put up 17 points to go along with 7 assists.

She finished the week 10/10 from the free throw line between the two games and has now scored in double figures eight straight contests.

Ball State looks to get back on track Monday, Feb. 8 tipping off at 2 p.m.

Thibault De Negri – Men’s Tennis

The Ball State men’s tennis team continued its winning ways in dramatic fashion last week in a 4-3 victory over Xavier.

Thibault de Negri won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 from the No. 2 singles spot as well as winning his No.2 doubles match with partner Parrish Simmons.

De Negri was the only Cardinal to win both of his matches helping BSU move to 4-1 on the season.

The Cardinals return to action at home Friday, Feb. 12 against Eastern Illinois starting at 2 p.m.

Victoria Henry – Gymnastics

The Ball State gymnastics team continues to improve every time they compete this year.

In its quad meet this past Saturday, the Cardinals set a new team record of 195.975 scoring higher than all three MAC opponents.

Freshman Victoria Henry won vault (9.925) by landing a difficult yurchenko one-and-a-half.  Henry also would put up very impressive numbers on bars (9.750) and floor (9.800).

Ball State is set to compete next at the QG Invitational at Lindenwood Friday, Feb. 12.