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Men's Tennis Heads To Boise State Tournament Friday

Friday at 12 p.m. (EST) vs. Boise State (First Match)
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Next Up:  Butler at Cardinal Creek (2:30 p.m.)

2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions

Ball State at Boise State Spring Break Classic:  After not competing for a week, the Cardinals start non-conference action again on the road at the Boise State Spring Break Classic.  Ball State has been to the tournament for five years straight since the 2007-08 season.  The Cardinals begin tournament play Friday at 12 p.m. (EST) when they face host Boise State.  Ball State will then face the winner of the Marquette vs. Southern Mississippi match at 4 p.m. (EST).  The tournament ends on Saturday, March 24.  Head Coach Bill Richards is three-wins shy of reaching 600 overall career victories, he currently owns a career overall mark of 597.  For more information and bracket updates please log onto

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:  It was nice to have an open weekend as we prepare for the final six weeks of the season. We are looking forward to the Boise State Tournament this weekend. Every team participating is very good so it will be a very tough, challenging weekend. That is why we go to the event; to play the best competition possible.

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