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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State University men's tennis team is set to host the Ball State Invitational, which will begin Friday and end Sunday. Competition will take place at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.

"We are excited to host our annual fall tournament," said Ball State head men's tennis coach Bill Richards.  "We have a great facility to run events and we look forward to playing on our home courts.
It is a strong field and it will be a challenging weekend for our team. It will be a great weekend of college tennis."

This marks the 34th year the Cardinals have hosted the invitational. The tournament consists of a nine- team field, which includes Ball State, Butler, Cleveland State, Dayton, Illinois State, IPFW, IUPUI, Louisville and Marquette.

The tournament includes two draws of 32 in singles and two draws of 16 in doubles.

BSU tennis welcomes back former player and alumnus Steve Rodecap, who is the head coach at Marquette. Rodecap played at Ball State from 1992-96 while helping the Cardinals to a trio of Mid-American Conference Championship titles (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95). The Anderson, Ind., native is in his year ninth year at the helm of the Golden Eagles.

Richards is in his 41st year as head coach of the Cardinals. He became the first coach in school history to receive the President's Medal of Distinction at the 2012 Ball State commencement last May.  Richards is the winningest men's tennis coach in Ball State and Mid-American Conference history, reaching two milestones last season with 600 overall wins and 200 Mid-American Conference victories.

The Cardinals return seven letterwinners from last season including sophomore Ray Leonard who received First Team All-MAC honors, and teammate Dalton Albertin, who was tabbed Second Team All-MAC. 

After each day you can find a complete list of results on the Ball State Athletics home page by logging onto www.ballstatesports.com.


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