Ball State men’s tennis was on the road today as it faced Xavier. The Cardinals beat the Musketeers for their third straight win, 4-3. Head coach Bill Richards said it was an incredibly exciting college tennis match.

“It was the type of match that I would have expected,” Richards said. “I knew it was going to be very close either way and very exciting. We’re happy to get out of it and get a win.”

In doubles play, the Cardinals won at positions two and three. Freshman Chris Adams and junior Tom Carney won in doubles (6-4) after being awarded Mid-American Conference doubles team of the week. 

The pair at the number two position, juniors Connor Anderson and Marko Guzina, beat freshman Brett Winters and senior Connor Lafavre. The set score was 7-5 in favor of the Cardinals. 

“We won some big points in pressure situations,” Richards said. “As it turned out, that ended up being the difference in the match.”

Adams squared off against Lafavre in singles play at the fifth position, in hopes of keeping his win streak alive. However, Adams lost the first set in tiebreaking fashion (7-6), but won the second set (7-6). 

Then, it didn’t look good for Adams.

“I felt like he would take control of the third set, but unfortunately he got down 4-0 and it wasn’t looking good,” Richards said.

Although it started rough, Adams was able to regroup and take the third set 7-5. The win moved Adams's winning streak to three matches. After the match, Richards said that Adams “has heart and is a fighter.”

Another singles player that won was freshman Thibault De Negri. After beating freshman Jan Vrba in the first set (6-2), De Negri won the second set by the same score.

Ball State returns home tomorrow to preserve its perfect 2-0 home record in a doubleheader against IU Southeast at Northwest YMCA. The first match starts at 1 p.m. while the second match will begin at 4 p.m.

Contact Patrick Murphy with comments at prmurphy2@bsu.edu.