OXFORD, Ohio. – The second seeded Ball State women's tennis team (16-9) ended its season in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals after suffering a 4-0 setback against third seeded Eastern Michigan (14-8) Saturday afternoon at the Hepburn Varsity Tennis Courts.
The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 4-3 during the MAC regular season but was unable to carry that momentum into today's match.
"Congrats to Eastern Michigan on a good match. That was a tough way to end the season for us," Ball State head women's tennis coach Max Norris said. "I didn't do a great job getting us ready to bounce back from a tough doubles point. Looking ahead we did a lot of great things and we are excited for January 2015. Thanks to Kristel Sanders for a fantastic career. What a committed and high character person. She will be hard to replace. Go cards!"
Ball State fell behind early as the Cardinals dropped the doubles point to Eastern Michigan. The Eagles took two of the three matches winning on courts one and two.
On the top court, Courtney Earnest and Bethany Moore put up a good fight but lost 8-7 (7-3) to Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke. Kristel Sanders and Toni Ormond also dropped their match by an 8-6 decision to Diana Davitaia and Maria Paula Ribero at the No. 2 position.
After that, Eastern Michigan's Daphne Friedrichs and Davitaia wasted no time putting the Eagles up 3-0 over the Cardinals. Friedrichs took Moore down 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 singles position while Davitaia beat Earnest 6-1, 6-0 on court two. Ribero then claimed the victory for the Eagles after her 6-4, 6-4 win over Rang at the No. 6 position.
Despite the loss, Sanders and Terashi had both won their first sets on their respective courts but their matches went unfinished after the EMU win.
In his first year as head coach of the Cardinals, Max Norris led Ball State to a 16-9 overall mark, while finishing conference action with a 6-2 ledger. The 16 wins were the most for Ball State since it won 16 in 1994-95. Ball State's 6-2 MAC record also marked the best finish in program history. The most league wins prior to this season was five which happened on five different occasions, the last time being 2013-14 when Ball State finished 5-3.
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