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Men's Tennis Travels to Xavier Saturday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 01, 2012
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Ball State travels to Xavier
February 4, 2012/1 p.m.

Next Up for the Cardinals:  At home vs. Detroit, 2 p.m.
Home Indoor Matches:  Muncie YMCA Tennis Center

Ball State vs. Xavier:  The Cardinals are on a two-game win streak after defeating non-conference opponents Valparaiso and IUPUI by a score of 6-1 last weekend.  With the wins Ball State evened its overall record to 2-2 on the season.  Xavier has started the season with a 1-3 spring record with its only win being over Detroit Mercy.

Leonard Name MAC Tennis Player of the Week:  This is the first time Leonard has garnered MAC weekly honors.  He went undefeated this weekend in both his singles and doubles matches helping the Cardinals sweep their double-header over Valparaiso (6-1) and IUPUI (6-1).  Leonard defeated Ivan Mojsejev on court three versus the Jaguars and the Crusaders Eric Honert at the No. 2 spot both in straight sets while going 2-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Men's Tennis Tabbed the Mid-American Conference Pre-Season Favorite:  The Cardinals are the 2011 defending MAC Tournament Champions.  Ball State welcomes back ten letterwinners from last year's squad including junior Dalton Albertin who was named First Team All-MAC for the first time in his career and was also named to the All-MAC Tournament team in 2010.  Senior Cliff Morrison garnered Second Team All-MAC honors for the third straight season.  Morrison also received The Most Outstanding Player of the MAC Tournament Award along with being voted to the All-MAC Tournament team for the 2011 season joining teammate junior Austin Sansone.

A Look Back at 2010-11:  Ball State has now won 19 regular season championships and 17 tournament titles in program history, including 16-undefeated MAC seasons.  Ball State has participated in the MAC for the last 37 years.  The Cardinals have played in seven NCAA tournaments, five of those were as MAC Tournament champions.  The legacy began in 1984 after the Cardinals posted a 19-5 overall record and an 8-0 stint in league play.  Since the MAC tournament format started in 1997, the Cardinals have won the league tournament six times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2011).

Quote From Head Coach Bill Richards:  We were happy to get two wins Saturday. We had great energy versus a good IUPUI team. Xavier will be a tough opponent next Saturday. They have a strong team even though they have had  some struggles early. We will have to play our best to get the road win.

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