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Men's Tennis Captures 6-1 Win Over Butler
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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team for the third straight season in the row defeated in-state rival Butler Thursday evening by a score of 6-1 at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.

With the win the Cardinals have improved their overall record to 14-6 on the season.  Head Coach Bill Richards is now one victory shy of his 600th career win he currently has a total of 599 victories.

Ball State took the early 1-0 edge over Butler after winning the doubles point.  It came down to the Cardinal twosome of Zane Smith and Derek Carpenter on court two after they captured a close 9-8 (5) over the Bulldogs Tommy Marx and Zach Ervin which led to the Cardinals early advantage.

In singles action, Ball State won five-of-the-six singles matches which led to its defeat over the Bulldogs.  Ray Leonard, Austin Smith , Zane Smith and Patrick Elliott all won in straight sets in their respective positions.

The Ball State men's tennis team continues in-state rival action when it travels to Notre Dame Saturday.  The match is set to begin at 12 p.m. (EST).

Ball State 6, Butler 1

Doubles

No. 1 Dalton Albertin/Ray Leonard lost to Austin Woldmoe/Billy Weldon, 8-6

No. 2 Zane Smith/Derek Carpenter def. Tommy Marx/Zach Ervin, 9-8 (5)

No. 3 Patrick Elliott/Austin Sansone def. Pulok Bhattacharya/Sam O'Neil

Singles

No. 1 Ray Leonard def. Austin Woldmoe, 6-3, 6-1

No. 2 Dalton Albertin def. Tommy Marx, 7-6 (4), 7-5

No. 3 Zane Smith def. Pulok Bhattacharya 6-4, 7-6 (5)

No. 4 Alexandre Brym lost to Zach Ervin, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6

No. 5 Austin Smith def. Billy Weldon, 6-4, 6-4

No. 6 Patrick Elliott def. Sam O'Neill, 6-2, 6-0

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