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Arnie's Army of 500

Of course he didn't show much emotion.

Arnie Ball doesn't do that when he's winning. But let him lose, let him fall behind in a match, let his team stink up the joint, and all bets are off.

But after Saturday's 3-0 victory over Carthage that gave him his 500th career victory in men's volleyball, 66-year-old Arnie Ball strolled across the court, shook hands with his opponents, then posed for pictures with his team around him. He was the only one who wasn't smiling.

He said he was still peeved that he didn't get the milestone 500th the night before, when IPFW played Loyola. Instead, it was a 3-1 loss.

Maybe that's a big deal now, but when the season is finished, and another one comes along next year, and the career is finally put to rest, Ball may smile just a little at the thought of beating the other guy 500 times.

I was glad I was there to see it.