WOMEN'S TENNIS: First road trip ends without a victory

Cardinals drop a pair of matches over weekend

It was a disappointing weekend for the Ball State University women's tennis team after losing 4-3 to Chicago State University on Friday and then losing again 5-2 to Butler University on Saturday.

The two losses extended Ball State's losing streak to three games and dropped the team's overall record to 4-4. A hot 4-1 start to the season has quickly vanished, and the Cardinals now must look to regain some of their earlier momentum.

"In all of the matches, we had chances," junior Hayley Hall said. "We had opportunities. It's really a matter of winning certain points. We just need to start taking advantage of those chances that we get."

Valparaiso University was originally scheduled to face Ball State on Saturday but had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts with another match. Ball State then switched to play at Butler, which increased the distance of an already long road trip.

Prior to the two-game trip, fatigue was something coach Amy Behrman didn't think would affect her players. But afterwards, Hall said the team didn't feel fully rested at Butler on Saturday.

"It was very hard because Friday was a night match," Hall said. "We were a little tired from the long drive and that was tough to overcome."


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