BUFFALO, NY - The Ball State men's tennis team (16-7, 5-0 MAC) earned the Mid-American Conference regular season title after its 4-3 defeat at Buffalo (9-8, 3-1 MAC) Saturday afternoon.
“We started strong with some good doubles and maintained the momentum through singles," said head men’s tennis coach Bill Richards. “It was another great team effort. These guys have done a great job all year and I am happy for them that they are MAC Champions.”
The Cardinals have not won a MAC regular season crown since the 2006 season. Ball State has now won a combined 37 MAC regular season and MAC tournament championships in the 41 year tenure of Richards.
Ball State won on courts one and two, while on court three Imanol Arconada and Alexandre Brym were ahead 5-3 over Y. Shkodnik and Vusa Hove. That match was then retired due to the fact that the Cardinals had already claimed the doubles point.
In singles action, Dalton Albertin put the Cardinals up 2-0 after his 6-3, 7-5 defeat over Sebastian Ionescu at the No. 4 singles position. Buffalo's Damien David made it a 2-1 match with his win over Cliff Morrison at the No. 2 spot. Austin Smith and Alexandre Brym both earned victories at their respective positions, allowing Ball State to claim the MAC title over Buffalo.
The Ball State men's tennis team will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2013 MAC Tournament which will be held on the campus of Northern Illinois Thursday through Saturday.