Caleb Zuver


The Ball State Women's Tennis team huddles before a match March 26, 2021, in the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center. The Cardinals won 4-3 against the Falcons. Rylan Capper, DN

Ball State uses momentum swings to down Louisville 4-3

Ball State (2-1) was ready to go from the first serve in its victory over Louisville Jan. 28. Ball State dominated the doubles matches. Third-year Masha Polishchuk and fourth-year Jessica Braun got singles action started, winning each of their singles matches 6-3, 6-1. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But if they wanted to win, they were going to have to earn it. 

Sophomore Mariya Polishchuk prepares to go for the ball in the women's tennis MAC Champtionship match against Toledo May 1 at Cardinal Creek Tennis Courts. Amber Pietz, DN

Planisek, Ball State Women’s tennis begins season with win over IUPUI

There were no first-match jitters for the Ball State women’s tennis team today.  Ball State (1-0) took on the IUPUI Jaguars (0-1) in the season opener at the Muncie Northwest YMCA, where Ball State didn’t drop a single match or set. It was a match where the Cardinals had a more talented team, but that doesn’t mean there aren't important takeaways for the team going forward.

Senior Parrish Simmons returns the tennis ball to his opponent's side of the court in a Ball State vs. Eastern Illinois match, Jan. 20. The matchups began with doubles and ended with singles. Nathan Abbott, DN

Ball State Men’s Tennis opens campaign with sweep of Eastern Illinois

“I felt that we were prepared and ready to go,” said Ball State Men’s Tennis head coach Bill Richards after the Ball State Men’s tennis team dominated its home match versus the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Friday to open the 2023 spring season. After a couple of weeks off around Christmas, the Cardinals had packed a lot into the past couple of weeks to prepare for their first match, and being ready to compete was a huge emphasis in practice.

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills gestures towards the crowd during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Highmark Stadium on Nov. 13, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images)

OPINION: What happens next for Damar Hamlin’s situation

If you ask anyone that plays football, most of them will tell you that injuries are an accepted consequence of playing the sport. And not just injuries like a rolled ankle. It’s injuries like a torn achilles, torn ACL or even concussions, all serious injuries, that players know are possible, and are willing to risk at the expense of pursuing their dreams. It’s accepted as the nature of the game, and it’s understood amongst the brotherhood of the NFL that these serious injuries could set them back. Some of the worst extremes of these accepted injuries amongst players have reared their ugly heads in Cincinnati, just as they did on Monday Night Football.

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Josh Hallett, photo courtesy

ZUVER: A dysfunctional day from the dysfunctional Indianapolis Colts franchise

“We cultivate winning cultures, we cultivate toughness, we live by integrity, and we don’t expect any more than we expect from ourselves.” Colts Owner Jim Irsay’s message to the media after one of the most chaotic days in the franchise's rich history. Let's forget Monday for a moment. This entire season has been a masterclass on dysfunction in the NFL. Let’s just take the last three weeks, to keep it concise.

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