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.