Cardinals In The Crowd

Alec Runyan | Ball State Sports Link

January 24 – January 31

Quinn Isaacson – Volleyball 

The Ball State men’s volleyball team had an exciting weekend to say the least. The Cardinals hosted the No.1 team and defending national champions Hawaii for a doubleheader taking place Saturday and Monday night. 

Ball State had its way with Hawaii in the first match, sweeping the Rainbow Warriors 3-0 and giving them their first loss of the season. On Monday, the match came down to the wire with the Cardinals coming away with another victory in a 3-2 match. 

The match ended with an ace from setter Quinn Isaacson closing out the fifth and final game 15-11. Isaacson finished the night with a season-high five aces. 

The graduate senior Isaacson was right in the middle of the Cardinals’ success dishing out 105 assists between the two matches, including a career-high 65 on Monday. Isaacson also set a season-high with 15 digs during Monday night’s match. 

Ball State (5-0) will look to remain unbeaten as they travel out west to take on BYU in a doubleheader this Friday and Saturday night, both matches beginning at 9 ET. 

Ally Becki – Basketball 

Freshman standout Ally Becki and the Ball State women’s basketball took down two conference opponents this past week. The Cardinals (12-7) are currently riding a three-game win streak.  

Ball State began its week in Worthen Arena for the RedBird rivalry taking down the Miami Redhawks 67-64. Becki led the Cardinals with 19 points to go along with three assists and five rebounds.

Two days later, the Cardinals traveled to New York to take on Buffalo. Becki led the Cardinals in scoring once again, this time with a career-high 21 points. Three of those points came just before the end of the first half when Becki launched a shot from over half-court and drained it. 

Over the two contests Becki averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. 

Miryne Thomas – Basketball 

The Ball State men’s basketball team won all three of its games last week, moving to 10-10 (5-4 MAC) on the season. The Cardinals also took a big jump in the conference standings, moving up to the number five spot. 

Forward Miryne Thomas posted a career-high 26 points in the Cardinals’ 81-64 over Miami last Tuesday. Thomas paired the biggest scoring output of his career with eight rebounds and two blocks on the defensive end. Not only was Thomas productive but efficient as well going 9-of-12 from the field including four 3-pointers on just five attempts. 

In the Cardinals most recent game, Thomas put up 18 points and four rebounds to lead the Cardinals over Western Michigan. Ball State looks to make it four wins in a row as they take on Ohio in Athens on Tuesday, February 1. 

Grace Sumner – Gymnastics

The Ball State gymnastic’s team posted its highest score of the season so far with a 195.850, giving them the win in the tri-meet over Illinois State and Central Michigan.

A large part of the Cardinals success came in the team’s third rotation on beam. All five Cardinals who competed scored a 9.775 or higher and finished a new school record of 49.150.

Freshman Grace Sumner also found herself on the individual record books after scoring a career-high 9.900, the second-highest individual score in school history in beam.

“We did really well on beam, obviously breaking the program record, but I think there is still more there in the performance that we can do, head coach Joanna Saleem said following the meet. “It was fun to watch Grace go over and do that great routine.”

Ball State will travel Logan, Utah this Friday night for another tri-meet with Utah State and Southern Utah beginning at 9 ET.

Author: Alec Runyan