MEN'S TENNIS: Ball State prepares to play host to IPFW - for real this time

Originally scheduled match was postponed due to bad weather conditions

For the second time this season, the Ball State University men's tennis team is gearing up to take on IPFW.

However, this time around, the circumstances have changed.

Originally scheduled for Feb. 10, the match would have marked the start to the Cardinals' seven-match homestand.

After postponing the match due to weather, IPFW travels to Muncie today to take on Ball State. The match will now conclude the team's home stretch.

"This match is very significant for us because it is our last match for a couple weeks," Andres Monroy said. "We need to finish hard and keep up our level of play. They are a decent team so we need to stay focused and have a good win."

Despite the new meaning, coach Bill Richards is still applying his consistent approach to the match.

"I think the approach is to win the matches we are supposed to and continue to move in the right direction," Richards said. "We need to not overlook them and come out ready to play."

After Thursday's match, the team will not waste any time getting ready for Mid-American Conference play.

The Cardinals will use their Spring Break to travel West to take on two opponents in Las Vegas.

"We are pretty excited to go out West and play outdoors," Monroy said. "We know we can beat these guys if we continue to work hard and play as a team."

MAC play for the team begins April 3. Richards knows these next few weeks will be important for his team.

"I know they are ready for warm weather and to play outdoor tennis," Richards said. "As far as the opponents go, we are less concerned about them. But we are ready to prepare for the remainder of the year, which is outdoor. We want to go out and win every match."