WOMEN'S TENNIS: Ball State loses to Eastern Michigan in regular season finale

Cardinals must face Northern Illinois in play-in match for spot in MAC Tourney

Heading into the Mid-American Conference Championships next weekend, the worst-case scenario for the Ball State University women's tennis was to lose both of its matches this weekend and be stuck with a bottom seeding.

Consider it mission accomplished.

After going scoreless in its loss to the University of Toledo on Friday, Ball State was defeated by Eastern Michigan University on Saturday by the score of 6-1.

Interim coach Amy Behrman did not return multiple calls requesting comment on the match.

The Cardinals' all-around struggles during the last few weeks continued again Eastern Michigan.

Ball State was once again shut out in the doubles matches, going 0-3 on the day. The team of Katherine Rist and Kylee Johnson came the closest to winning a match, losing 8-4.

Senior Katherine Rist earned the only victory on the day in singles, defeating Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5. It was the fifth match in a row that Rist was the only player to score a point for Ball State.

With the loss, Ball State now moves back into the No. 8 seed in the MAC Championships, meaning the team will face Northern Illinois University in a play-in match for a spot in the tournament.

Ball State defeated Northern Illinois in a 5-2 match earlier this month.


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