YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ball State women's tennis team (14-8, 4-2 MAC) handed Eastern Michigan (12-8, 5-2 MAC) only its second Mid-American Conference loss of the season when the Cardinals defeated the Eagles 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex.
"Toledo really competed well yesterday and won a tough match over us," said Ball State head women's tennis coach Max Norris. "I told the team today winning and losing does not indicate your character, it's how you deal with success or failure. Credit to Eastern they came out and took a tough doubles point from us so we really had some adversity to over come. Eastern is an experienced group and for us to compete well in all spots says a lot of us going forward. Very proud to be a cardinal today."
Ball State won only one of the three doubles matches over Eastern Michigan. On court three, Ayaka Terashi paired up with teammate Courtney Wild to earn an 8-3 victory over Mariya Toncheva and Daphne Friedrichs to tie doubles action, 1-1. The point would come down to Bethany Moore and Courtney Earnest at the No. 1 position but the twosome, despite a tough battle, would lose to Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke, 8-7.
Rang made it a 1-1 match after picking up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ribero on court six. Wild would be next off the court winning in straight sets over Supejova at the No. 1 position, putting the Cardinals up by two. Terashi followed her teammates and claimed a 6-3, 6-3 match at No. 5 singles. The Eagles began to battle back with a win on court four after Moore dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Toncheva.
The competition would then come down to the last two matches, Earnest on court two and Sanders on court three, both in third sets. Sanders down a set came back to win 7-6, 6-1 to claim the victory for the Cardinals. Earnest was also trailing her opponent 6-4 in the first but would take the second set 6-3. Despite Earnest's strong efforts she would end up dropping the last set 6-3 to Davitaia.
The Ball State women's tennis team closes out its Mid-American Conference regular season action when it hosts Bowling Green (April 18) and Western Michigan (April 19) at 1 p.m. in the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.