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Women's Tennis Heads to EMU and Toledo This Weekend

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Release: March 28, 2012
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Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Friday at 1 p.m.
Ball State at Toledo, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Next Up:  The Cardinals host Western Michigan at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6 and Bowling Green, Saturday, April 7 also at 1 p.m.  Both matches will be played at Cardinal Creek Tennis Center weather permitting.


Ball State Women's Tennis Continues MAC Action:  The Ball State women's tennis team continues Mid-American Conference action Friday when it travels to Eastern Michigan and then Saturday at Toledo.  Both matches begin at 1 p.m. The Cardinals play their first four league matches on the road Buffalo (March 23), Akron (March 24), Eastern Michigan (March 30) and Toledo (March 31).  Ball State will then finish the season at home as it hosts Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, IPFW and Miami.  After finishing the regular season the Cardinals will then travel to Northern Illinois for its MAC Championship (April 26-29).

Head Coach Christine Bader Enters Second Season:  Head Coach Christine Bader, who spent two seasons as the head women's tennis coach at Evansville, was named the fourth head coach in Ball State women's tennis history in the spring of 2010.  The 2011-12 season marks Bader's second year at the helm of the Cardinals.  In 2008-09 Bader became the youngest head coach in UE's NCAA Division I history.  She left Evansville after compiling an overall record of 23-18. One of Bader's players Kate Chybowski recently earned the Missouri Valley Conference State Farm Good Neighbor Award and was also tabbed Capital One Academic All-District.  Bader, a native of Okemos, Mich., is a former All-Big Ten Conference performer for Michigan State.

Wild Not Playing Like a True Freshman:  True freshman Courtney Wild is playing like an upperclassmen for the Cardinals as she currently owns a combined fall and spring 15-10 singles mark.  Wild also plays at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions for Ball State.  She leads the Cardinals with an overall record of 8-6 in spring action. 

Digital Guide Now Available:  The Ball State women's tennis digital guide is available online at www.ballstatesports.com by clicking the digital guide page.

2011-12 Recruiting Class Earned National Ranking:  Under the guidance of second-year head coach Christine Bader, the Ball State women's tennis program's recruiting class was ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division I by tennisrecruiting.net for the 2011-12 class. The Cardinals signed Ashlyn Rang and Courtney Wild for the 2011-12 season.  Ball State (18) joins Miami (7) as the only schools from the Mid-American Conference that was nationally ranked.  BSU was ranked above Montana, Wofford, Charlotte, Johns Hopkins, Houston, Gonzaga and UMass.  BSU was also the lone school from the state of Indiana to earn a top-25 ranking.

Quote From Head Coach Christine Bader:  Eastern Michigan and Toledo are two tough MAC opponents. This weekend will wrap up our long stretch of away matches. The team is hungry to earn some conference wins.

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