By Emma Smith & Melissa Darby | Ball State Sports Link

MUNCIE, Ind. – Life is full of transitions and Jamion Hartley has no doubt experienced his fair share.

The path to playing for a nationally ranked men’s volleyball program has been anything but normal for Hartley, especially when considering he was originally born in Jamaica and later became one of Chicago’s finest prep basketball players.

“I had more fun playing volleyball than I did basketball,” Hartley says with a smile. “It took a lot of hard times with my dad, because he really wanted me to play basketball. As soon as he saw how much volleyball had to offer and there was a future, he was behind me all the way.”

The biggest transition in Hartley’s path to Muncie however wasn’t from basketball to volleyball. The 6-foot-7 attacker was born in Jamaica in 1990, but after his family relocated, moved to Chicago when he was seven-years old.

“My mom moved to the states a couple months after I was born,” Hartley says. “She said it was for me and for a better life. I love it here and it helped get me to college.”

Transitioning to the volleyball court, Hartley leads the 15th-ranked Cardinals with his 3.19 kills-per-game average. He has played in 18 of BSU’s matches, with 15 starts.

Ball State will look to take down its second-straight top 10 opponent Thursday, when it hosts No. 9 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. inside Worthen Arena.

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