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Men's Tennis Loses Season Opener at Northwestern
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EVANSTON, Ill. - The Ball State men's tennis team (1-0) dropped 6-1 decision in its season opener at Northwestern Sunday afternoon.

The match started with doubles play, Austin Sansone and Alexandre Brym became the first duo to lose their match by a score of 8-3 at the No. 3 spot.  The Ball State twosome of Cliff Morrison and Patrick Elliot came close to victory but lost 8-7 (7-1) in the tie breaker at No. 2 doubles.  Dalton Albertin and Ray Leonard didn't finish their match at No. 1 doubles but the score was 7-6 (40-15) when it was abandoned.

Northwestern took the 1-0 lead heading into singles action after winning the doubles point.  The Wildcats would take the Cardinals down in singles action winning all but one match.  At No. 2 singles Spencer Wolf had won the first set 6-2 before Morrison took the second set 6-3 but Wolf would withdrawal from the third set giving Morrison the victory.

Ball State will face its second Big Ten opponent Saturday when it hosts Illinois in Carmel, Ind., at 6 p.m.

Northwestern vs. Ball State

 Doubles

 1. Wolf/Baev vs. Albertin/Leonard 7-6, 40-15 (abandoned)

 2. Balaji/Smith def. Morrison/Elliott 8-7 (7-1)

 3. Jackman/Pasareanu def. Sansone/Brym 8-3

 Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1

Singles

 1. Raleigh Smith def. Ray Leonard 6-2, 6-3

 2. Spencer Wolf vs. Cliff Morrison 6-2, 3-6, 1-1 (withdrew)

 3. Sidarth Balaji def. Dalton Albertin 6-1, 6-3

 4. Alex Pasareanu def. Alexandre Brym 6-4, 6-4

 5. Chris Jackman def. Austin Smith 6-0, 7-5

 6. Mihir Kumar def. Patrick Elliott 6-2, 6-4

 Order of finish: 3, 6, 4*, 5, 1, 2

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