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IPFW vs. Ball State rivalry takes schedule change for 2013 season

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 5:15 pm

The I-69 rivalry will move from the weekends to the mid-week for the upcoming college men's volleyball season.

Ball State recently released its 2013 schedule revealing that the Cardinals and Mastodons will play their two annual rivalry conference matches on a Wednesday and Thursday.

This is the first time in recent history that both regular season matches between IPFW and Ball State will be played in the middle of the week.

Ball State will play host to IPFW on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Worthen Arena. In addition, the Mastodons' home match against the Cardinals will be Thursday, March 21 at the Gates Center.

Ball State and IPFW, the only two NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball teams in Indiana, have combined for 26 MIVA championships and 21 Final Four appearances. The News-Sentinel in 2011 also ranked the rivalry as one of the top 10 Indiana sporting events for a Hoosier to attend during their lifetime.

In their last meeting, IPFW defeated Ball State in four games to snap a 10-match losing streak against its in-state rival dating back to 2007.

IPFW returns all but one starter after finishing last season tied for fourth place with Ball State in the MIVA and losing in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Ball State also returns a majority of its starters and ended last year advancing to the MIVA Tournament semifinals.