Ball State men's tennis begins conference play on high note

<p>Ball State men’s tennis player Chris Adams runs to return the ball during a singles set against Eastern Illinois University on Jan. 20 at the Northwest YMCA of Muncie. <strong>Briana Hale, DN</strong></p>

Ball State men’s tennis player Chris Adams runs to return the ball during a singles set against Eastern Illinois University on Jan. 20 at the Northwest YMCA of Muncie. Briana Hale, DN

With a little luck and a fighting spirit, Ball State men’s tennis (11-4, 1-0 MAC) traveled to Binghamton and came out with a 4-3 win. After another close win, head coach Bill Richards said this match was a “good team win.”

“We played very poorly in doubles and came back and won four of the six singles matches,” Richards said. “Overall, I thought the guys did a pretty good job fighting back after losing that doubles point. It’s always difficult, but I thought everyone played very well in singles.”

After losing the doubles point, freshman Bryce Bonin came out with some passion to win his singles match. Bonin won a point for the Cardinals in two sets (6-3, 6-1).

“Bryce came out and dominated his opponent,” Richards said. “He kind of erased that doubles point and made it 1-0 real quick. That’s always good when you can get back to even after you lose that doubles point. It’s always a big momentum changer.”

And the momentum had changed. After Bonin won his singles match, junior Nemanja Guzina won his match in two sets (7-6, 6-3). After losing the first set (2-6), junior Conner Andersen won the next two sets (6-4,6-0). Then it came down to freshman Chris Adams.

After winning the first set (6-0), then losing the second set (6-7) in a tiebreaker, everything had come down to Adams’ match. Under another pressure situation, Adams won the third set (6-2) and made the Cardinals get their first Mid-American Conference win.

Ball State will face another MAC opponent in Northern Illinois tomorrow. The Huskies had dominated the Bearcats, winning 6-1. Richards said tomorrow’s match will be much different.

“Northern Illinois is a better team than Binghamton,” Richards said. “We have to play even better tomorrow than we did today. We’re hoping to do that.”

Ball State will face Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. Sunday in Rockford, Illinois.

Contact Patrick Murphy with comments at prmurphy2@bsu.edu or on Twitter at @PMURPH505.

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