FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For the first time ever, the IPFW men’s volleyball program will take the court without Arnie Ball at the reigns. First-year head coach Ryan “Rock” Perrotte and the 2016 Mastodons open their season on January 8, when the Blue and White face first-year program Alderson Broaddus. The ‘Dons wrap-up the opening weekend with a Saturday showdown against the 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Both matches will be held at Arnie Ball court at 7 p.m.
Rock takes over after serving 12 seasons as an assistant to Coach Ball. An alum of the program, Rock played for the Volleydons from 1995-1995. He was named Second Team All-MIVA as a senior, helping the team to a 23-4 overall record, a MIVA Championship, and an appearance at the NCAA Final Four.
IPFW is 22-13 all-time in season-openers, and is currently riding a two-match winning streak. During that run, the Mastodons have defeated 15th-ranked Cal Baptist (2014) and 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge (2015). The last time IPFW lost a season-opener was on Jan. 11, 2013, when the ‘Dons fell to Saint Francis (Pa.) 3-1 in Fort Wayne, while the last home season-opener win came against NJIT, 3-0, on Jan. 8, 2010.
Dating back to 2000, IPFW has gone 11-5, including the current stretch of winning eight of the previous 10 season-openers. Dating back to 1983, IPFW is 12-7 in home season-openers, while 10-4 when opening the season outside of Fort Wayne.