The Ball State University women's tennis team's season came to a close Friday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to Miami University in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The No. 8 seed Cardinals were no match for the RedHawks, who came into the match with the No. 1 seed in the tournament and an impressive 8-1 record in the MAC.
The Ball State doubles teams were unable to score more than three points in any of the three matches, and each of the players in singles lost in straight sets.
Nevertheless, coach Amy Behrman still came away with a spirited attitude about her team following the match.
"I was really proud of them," Behrman said. "I think they worked really hard all season. We all set a goal that we would work hard and make it to the quarterfinals, and we did that. It's not a big step, but it's a step nonetheless."
With the season now in the books, the interim head coach will go down as presiding over an 8-15 team. It's a slight improvement from the 5-13 season of a year ago, but only the Ball State Athletics Department can decide if the improvement was enough for her to continue as head coach.
Since Behrman was hired almost the moment the season first began, the odds were certainly not stacked in the team's favor.
"I think the team realizes that they did have a lot of trials and tribulations," Behrman said. "It wasn't easy, and while most teams in the fall were practicing, we started a week before our first match in January. They were still able to have a halfway decent season, and with hard work and an organized program, they can make a bigger an even impact next year."
For now, Behrman is trying to focus on tennis rather than the upcoming decision on her future.
"To be honest, I think they're still going through the interview process for coaching," Behrman said. "If I'm here, I have great plans for this team. I definitely have high hopes for this team if I'm still here next year."