Junior Ball State men’s tennis player Conner Andersen goes to return the ball during a singles set against Eastern Illinois University on Jan. 20 at the Northwest YMCA of Muncie. During his sophomore season, Andersen had the most registered singles wins. Briana Hale, DN
Ball State men's tennis downs Belmont
Ball State men’s tennis beat Belmont on Sunday afternoon 5-2, extending its home record to 2-0 on the young season.
It was the singles matches where the Cardinals came alive. Junior Conner Andersen was strong in his singles match against junior Zak Khan. Andersen won the first set (7-5), while Khan took the second set (6-3). In the final and third set, Khan kept it interesting but Andersen prevailed, winning the last set 7-6.
In the doubles match, Belmont was able to win two out of three matches. It was able to win both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. The Bruins were able to take the doubles point.
Another singles match that stood out was at the No. 2 between junior Marko Guzina and freshman Marko Ilic. The battle of the Markos, so to speak. Guzina took the first set (6-4), then Ilic took the second set (7-6) in tiebreaking fashion. Then, in a pulsating and crowd roaring third set, Guzina was able to win it (6-4).
Ball State freshman Chris Adams topped freshman Jake Briggs as well. Adams convincingly won the first set (6-0) and cruised the rest of the way to a second set victory of 6-2. Adams only allowed seven sets victories over the weekend.
The Cardinals will return to action against Xavier on Feb. 2 in Cincinnati, Ohio.