Though the Ball State University men's tennis team's season in its mind ended prematurely, the Cardinals have high hopes for next season's team where everybody returns for the 2010-11 campaign.
One of those returners, freshman Dalton Albetin, on Saturday earned his first career Mid-American Conference postseason award when he was named to the All-MAC Tournament Team.
Albertin and partner Eduardo Pavia earned the Cardinals' only doubles win in No. 2 seed Ball State's 4-2, season-ending loss Friday to No. 3 seed Western Michigan University in the MAC Championship semifinals at the Muncie Northwest YMCA Tennis Center. The duo downed Michael Calderone and Thomas Calderone 8-4.
Albertin then went on to defeat Casey Cullen at No. 4 singles to cap a 2-0 day.
The Broncos took the momentum from their match against the Cardinals and not only upset, but swept No. 1 seed University at Buffalo, 4-0, at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
Calderone and teammate Kazuya Komada joined Albertin on the All-MAC Tournament Team. Also making the cut were Nutthavit Likitkumchorn (Toledo), and Alex Kalinin and Wojciech Starakiewicz (Buffalo).
Komada took home the MAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player Accolades.