Cardinals use balance attack to beat Valparaiso

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Ball State women's enters the Mid-American Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed after its first 20-win season in program history.&nbsp;</p>

Ball State women's enters the Mid-American Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed after its first 20-win season in program history. 

Steady contribution from each player who took the court Sunday afternoon helped fuel the Cardinals' first victory of the season. 

Ball State Women's Tennis (1-2) defeated Valparaiso (0-1) with a final score of 6-1. Across the board, the Cardinals found success early and often in both singles and doubles. In singles, the Cardinals took home five of the six sets.  

Sophomore Jessica Braun was the first member of Ball State to take home a singles victory. She swept her sets against Amanda Tabanera of Valparaiso, finishing with scores of 6-0 and 6-1. 

Graduate student Rebecca Harrington followed up Braun’s performance by sweeping her own singles set, with final scores of 6-0 and 6-1. 

Other notable Cardinal singles wins came from Sophomore Emma Peeler who swept her set winning both matches by a score of 6-2. Freshman Mariya Polishchuk swept Olivia Czerwonka in their set, with individual scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Finally, junior Lucia Lukacs (6-2, 6-1) swept her set. 

The lone singles win for Valparaiso came from Mia Bertino, who swept sophomore Amy Kaplan in two close matches that each ended in a 6-4 finish. The success did not stop there for Ball State. In doubles, the success translated over in all three sets. 

The pairing of Peeler and Polishchuk won their set by a final of 6-1. Braun and Kaplan teamed up for the first time this season to win 6-0. In the third and final doubles set, Herrington and Lukacs defeated their opponent 5-1. 

Ball State will return to action Saturday, Feb. 13, when they host Middle Tennessee (0-3, 0-0 CUSA). The match will begin at 2 p.m.

Contact Charleston Bowles with comments at clbowles@bsu.edu or on Twitter @cbowles01.

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