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Men's Tennis Looks to Defend MAC Title in Toledo
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2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament (Toledo, Ohio)

No. 4 Ball State vs. No. 5 Toledo (Thursday, 2 p.m. EST)

Ball State Tennis Looks to Defend MAC Title at Toledo:  The No. 4 seed Ball State University (17-9, 3-2 MAC) will travel to Toledo, Ohio to defend its Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship title, April 26-28.  The Cardinals will take on the No. 5 seed and host Toledo, Thursday at 2 p.m.

Cardinals End on a High Note:  Ball State ended its MAC regular season on a high note when it handed Buffalo its first conference loss Saturday, April 21.  The Cardinals pulled off the 4-3 upset over the Bulls after winning the doubles point and capturing wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles positions.

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 is always good to finish with a strong performance going in to the tournament. To give Buffalo their only conference loss shows what we are capable of doing. Now we have to focus on our first round match against Toledo on their home courts. We beat them in a close match a few weeks ago so we know we will have to play our best to stay alive. It should be an exciting tournament as there is great balance in the league this year.

MAC Tournament Coverage:  For complete coverage of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, please log onto ballstatesports.com or mac-sports.com.  Attached is the tournament PDF bracket.

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