MEN'S TENNIS: Ball State opens season with loss at No. 47 Northwestern

Cards stay competitive with the Big Ten power in both singles and doubles play

The Ball State University men's tennis team lost 7-0 to host No. 47 Northwestern University Sunday afternoon to open its 2010 campaign.

The Cardinals opened the match by losing the doubles point, but not without a fight. Sophomores Zane Smith and Andres Monroy were edged 8-6 by the Wildcats' Alex Sanborn and Joshua Graves at No. 2 doubles, while Ball State's No. 1 duo of junior Eduardo Pavia and freshman Dalton Albertin lost 8-5 to Northwestern's Andrew McCarthy and Tobias Reitz.

Ball State remained close with Big Ten power Northwestern in singles play, as three matches went to three sets.

Pavia lost to Graves 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 1 singles, while freshman Alexandre Brym lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Eric Spector at No. 3 and Monroy lost to Sanborn for a second time 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.

Ball State returns to action Friday hosting a doubleheader against the University of Dayton at 2 p.m. and Valparaiso University at 6 p.m. at the Muncie Northwest YMCA.