Ball State at Michigan State
Saturday, March 3, 12 p.m.
Next Up: Las Vegas vs. UNLV and Northern Arizona
5 p.m. (EST) and 1 p.m. (EST)
2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions
Ball State vs. Michigan State: The Cardinals are on a 11-match win streak after defeating non-conference opponents Eastern Illinois (7-0) and Indiana Tech (7-0) last week. With the wins Ball State improves its overall spring record to 11-2 on the season. The Cardinals are now on the road from March 3-24 with matches in Las Vegas and at the Boise State Spring Tournament. Head Coach Bill Richards is four-wins shy of reaching 600 overall career victories, he currently owns a career overall mark of 596.
Leonard Two-Time MAC Player of the Week Recipient: Ball State freshman Ray Leonard (Bloomington, Ind./North) was named the Mid-American Conference Tennis Player of the Week for the second time this season. The conference officials announced today. Leonard helped the Cardinals improve to 6-2 overall on the season after going 3-0 at No. 1 doubles, 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 1-0 and No. 3 singles. Leonard now owns a 6-2 record in singles and doubles play for the season. He won in straight sets over Detroit Mercy, Illinois State and Anderson University. Leonard's victories allowed the Cardinals to earn wins over Detroit Mercy (6-1), Illinois State (4-3) and Anderson (7-0).
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: Michigan State is an excellent team and will be a big challenge for us on the road. They play especially well at home so we will have our work cut out for us. I am anxious to see if we can get in the match with them.