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Women's Tennis Hosts IPFW and Miami This Week

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Release: April 17, 2012
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Ball State hosts IPFW (Wednesday at 4 p.m.)

Ball State hosts Miami (Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Next Up:  The Cardinals travel to Northern Illinois for the Mid-American Conference Tournament, April 26-29.

Ball State Hosts IPFW and Miami:  The Ball State women's tennis team will host IPFW Wednesday, at 4 p.m. and Miami Saturday, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.  If the inclement weather occurs the match will be moved indoors to the Northwest YMCA Tennis Center.  The match Saturday will part of a double-header with the Ball State men's tennis team who will host Buffalo.  If moved indoors, the men will play first at 1 p.m. followed by the women.  The Cardinals enter Saturday's match with an overall record of 5-14 with a 0-7 Mid-American Conference mark.  Ball State will also recognize its seniors, Sarah Hebble, Kylee Johnson and Dena Boulieris.

Wild Keeps Improving:  True freshman Courtney Wild captured a straight set victory 6-1, 6-1, over Sarah McLaughlin of Northern Illinois at No. 1 singles Saturday, which improved her Mid-American Conference mark to 4-3.  She leads the squad in overall wins (19-11) and in spring action with a 12-7 record.

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 Earns 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.

Looking Ahead to 2012-13 With Two Recruits:  Head women's tennis coach Christine Bader received two National Letters of Intent from two four star recruits back in November with Courtney Earnest (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) and Bethany Moore (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon).

"Courtney and Bethany are two great additions to our program," said Bader. "Courtney's athleticism and fighting spirit wins her a lot of matches. She has a big game. Courtney had a great deal of offers and I was thrilled that she felt such a strong connection to our team and to Ball State University. Bethany is very mature and committed very early to Ball State because she realized that Ball State was the right fit for her. Bethany is a competitor with an aggressive game. She plays with a lot of confidence and loves to finish points at the net. I am thrilled to have Courtney and Bethany join our program."

 Earnest, who attended Lexington High School, has earned a No. 1 ranking in Northeast Ohio Girls 18 singles. She won the NEOTA qualifier in June of 2011 while making it to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Western Michigan Summer ITA. According to tennisrecruiting.net she ranks 146th in the nation, while being 16th in the great lakes section and fourth in the state of Ohio. Earnest helped her team to back-to-back state championship titles (2010-2011) and was an OHSAA Individual State finalist this season.

Moore, who attended Lebanon High School, currently owns a No. 1 ranking in central Indiana girls 18 singles and doubles. She is ranked 162 in the nation on tennisrecruiting.net, 19th in the great lakes section and fourth in the state of Indiana. Moore partnered with Brooke Austin to win the Super Junior National Doubles Tournament, while also being a doubles semifinalist at the 2011 Midwest.

Quote from Head Coach Christine Bader:  This is a very eventful week for women's tennis and Ball State athletics! We have a great opportunity against IPFW on Wednesday and then Miami on Saturday for Senior Day. Miami is a very talented and well-coached squad. In that match we will honor our Seniors Dena Boulieris, Kylee Johnson, and Sarah Hebble.

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