HOLYOKE, Mass. (WANE) – Woodburn native and former IPFW standout Lloy Ball was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame on Saturday, cementing his legacy as one of the all-time greats in his sport.
Ball is the only United State male to compete in four Olympic Games for indoor volleyball, winning gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Ball was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Setter during the 2008 FIVB World League Games after helping the United States win the title weeks before the Olympics. Ball earned bronze at the 1994 FIVB World Championship and recently helped Team Pineapple of the Hoosier Region win the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) championship in Detroit.
As an IPFW student-athlete, Ball set the school record for most assists (6526), serving aces (167), while sitting in the top-five in digs (771), total blocks (517), block assists (416), assists per set (14.97),aces per set (0.38), and sets played (436). Additionally, Ball helped the Mastodons reach the NCAA Final Four in 1991, 1992, and 1994.