MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s tennis team returns home Saturday when it hosts Cleveland State for a 1 p.m. first serve at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
The Cardinals improved to 4-1 in dual action and picked up a 4-3 upset over Big Ten foe Michigan State in East Lansing last Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s victory marked just the fifth time Ball State has topped Michigan State in women’s tennis, and first since the 2001 season.
Courtney Earnest and Courtney Wild have won back-to-back Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors. Earnest currently is undefeated in dual action with a 5-0 record while Wild is 3-1 for the year.
Ball State and Cleveland State will begin competition with three doubles matches and then end with six singles matches.
This season the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has put trial rules in place to shorten the matches in hopes to bring more attention to the sport and for collegiate tennis. The first change affects the doubles matches. Previously, all doubles matches were eight-game prosets and now they are six-game prosets with a 5-5 tiebreaker. The ITA has also removed the third set from women's tennis singles competition. Instead of playing best of three, the third set will be replaced by a 10-point tie breaker.
After the match Saturday, the Ball State women’s tennis team will return to action Feb. 15 when it hosts Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.