MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team opened the 2014 season with a 7-0 sweep over in-state rivals Valparaiso and IUPUI Friday in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. The win marked the first for first-year head coach Max Norris.
The Cardinals began competition today against the Crusaders, which started off with a dominating doubles performance. Courtney Wild and Ayaka Terashi started Ball State off with a good start, winning a 6-1 match over Valparaiso's No. 6 doubles tandem Megan Paras and Kaitlyn Hamel. After that, Bethany Moore and Kristel Sanders earned a 6-0 win at the No. 1 position to give the Cardinals the 1-0 advantage over the Crusaiders heading into singles action.
Sanders posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Megan Barthels at the No. 3 slot to put Ball State up 2-0 over Valparaiso. Toni Ormond, Courtney Earnest, Anna Rozenberg, Wild and Marin Kanii all followed with straight sets victories. Ormond did not give up a point in her win over Paras at No. 5 singles with the 6-0, 6-0 defeat.
In the night cap, the No. 2 doubles tandem of Ormond and Earnest captured a 6-0 win over Abbey Neff and Julie Brockman. Earnest and Sanders paired up at No. 3 to earn a 6-1 win , putting Ball State up 1-0 over IUPUI.
Ball State swept all six of its singles matches, No. 1 thru No. 5 all won in straight sets. Rozenberg won her first set over Brookman at No. 6 singles but would drop the second set before winning the third set tie breaker.
The Ball State women's tennis team will continue action at Kentucky, Saturday at 6 p.m.
Scores are in the order they finished.
Ball State 7 – Valparaiso 0
No. 3 Wild/Terashi (BSU) def. Paras/Hamel (VAL) 6-1
No. 1 Moore/Saunders (BSU) def. Heuer/Barthels (VAL) 6-0
No. 2 Ormond/Earnest (BSU) defeating Goheen/Fredlake (VAL) 5-0 (DNF)
No. 3 Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Megan Barthels (VAL) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Michele Fredlak (VAL) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Paige Heuer (VAL) 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 Anna Rozenberg (BSU) def. Morgan Paras (VAL) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 Courtney Wild (BSU) def.Kaitlyn Hamel (VAL) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Marin Kanii (BSU) def. Angelina Goheen (VAL) 7-5, 6-3
Ball State 7 – IUPUI 0
No. 2 Ormond/Earnest (BSU) def. Neff/Brockman (IUPUI) 6-0
No. 3 Sanders/Rozenberg (BSU) def. Modesto/Bridegroom (IUPUI) 6-1
No. 1 Moore/Wild (BSU) defeating Whyte and Swartwood (IUPUI) 5-4 (DNF)
No. 2 Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Swartwood (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Modesto (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Bridegroom (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 Courntey Earnest (BSU) def. Whyle (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Neff (IUPUI) 6-1, 7-5
No. 6 Anna Rozenberg (BSU) def. Brockman (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2, 1-0(7)