Here is a look ahead to this weekend's MAC Men's Tennis action.
Men's Tennis Hosts EIU and Indiana Tech Saturday
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team is set to host a doubleheader Saturday against Eastern Illinois and Indiana Tech. The Cardinals will face the Panthers at 1 p.m. and then play a night match against Indiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
The Cardinals opened spring action with two straight victories over Detroit Mercy (Jan. 18) and IPFW (Jan. 19). Ball State then suffered a loss to Cleveland State (Jan. 26) and No. 48 Michigan State (Feb. 1).
Ball State has won four straight over Eastern Illinois since the 2009-10 season. The Cardinals earned 7-0 sweeps over the Panthers and the Warriors last season. Eastern Illinois comes to Ball State with a 1-1 overall record after a 4-3 win over Saint Louis (Jan. 25) and a 7-0 loss to .Michigan State (Feb. 1). Indiana Tech's match against Ball State Saturday will be the first dual competition for the Warriors.
This season the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has put trial rules in place to shorten the matches in hopes to bring more attention to the sport and for collegiate tennis. The first change affects the doubles matches. Previously, all doubles matches were eight-game prosets and now they are six-game prosets with a 5-5 tiebreaker.
After the match Saturday, the Ball State men's tennis team will return to action Feb. 19 for a 1 p.m. match at Xavier.
Bulls travel for two road matches this weekend
Buffalo will travel to Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 7 at 1 pm ET and Penn on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 pm ET.
Huskies Play Two Matches This Weekend;
On Friday, they'll play SIU-Edwardsville at home. On Sunday, they head to Indiana
DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies (5-1) have a pair of matches to attend this weekend. On Friday, February 7, NIU will host SIU-Edwardsville at the Boylan Tennis Courts in Rockford, Ill. The match will begin at 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 9 the Huskies will get back on the road after having played six straight home games previously. They'll face Indiana in the institution's IU Tennis Center at 4:00 p.m.
Last weekend, NIU took on three opponents over two days, outscoring them by a combined 20-1. They defeated Detroit, Southern Illinois, and UW-Whitewater, improving the team's record to 5-1 this season. The Huskies have yet to be beaten at home thus far, boasting a 5-0 record in such affairs.
SIU-Edwardsville (2-1) has been steadily improving over the last few years. Head Coach Jason Coomer took over in 2010, and he has helped increase the team's win totals from one in 2011 to six in 2012 and eight in 2013. Not only does Coomer coach the team, he is also the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at SIU-Edwardsville. Coomer coaches the school's women's tennis team as well.
Indiana (2-4) has had a bit of a rough start to begin the 2014 season, but this is not a team to be taken lightly. The Hoosiers haven't produced a sub-.500 record since 2009, and in 2011 and 2012, they won over 20 matches. Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal is with the team for a fourth season, and he has been coaching for over 16 years now. Bloemendaal is a six-time Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a three-time ITA Coach of the Year.
Following the completion of Sunday's match, the Huskies will have until Friday, February 14 to prepare for a match at Iowa. The Huskies will face the Hawkeyes at 6:00 p.m.
Morin Looks for #300 As Broncos Play Pair on the Road
Western Michigan will travel to face No. 57 Indiana on Friday, Feb. 7th at 3 pm ET in the Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind. and then face Illinois State on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 pm ET at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington, Ind.
Series Histories: This will be the 24th meeting between the Broncos and the Hoosiers, with Western Michigan holding a slim 12-11 edge in the all-time series with Indiana. The last time the teams met was on Jan. 22, 2012, a match the Hoosiers won by a 7-0 score in Bloomington.
This will be the 24th meeting between the Broncos and the Redbirds, with Western Michigan holding a 17-6 advantage in the all-time series with Illinois State. The last time the teams met was on Feb. 10, 2013, with the Broncos winning 4-3 at West Hills Athletic Club. Andrew Cahn and Pablo Mora each recorded singles victories, with Cahn clinching the match win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Muddappa Appanervanda.
On The Cusp: Western Michigan head coach Dave Morin entered the season with 295 victories as head coach of the Broncos, and now the nine-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year and 2012 WMU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee has the chance to clinch his 300th win. Only one other coach, Hall of Famer Jack Vredevelt, reached 300 wins in his time at WMU; Vredevelt is the program's all-time wins leader with 348 victories.
Big Ten Beaters: Western Michigan has had a strong history of defeating Big Ten teams under head coach Dave Morin, with the match against Indiana the next opportunity for the team to extend their impressive streak. The Broncos have won 30 matches against Big Ten opponents since 2000, with wins in 11 consecutive years and an impressive 29-12 mark between 2003-07.
Simply Perfect: We are nearly one full month into the season, and right now there are two Broncos that are still undefeated in dual match singles play. Nadin Indre is 4-0 in dual match singles play, with all four of his matches played at the No. 1 singles position. Also undefeated is sophomore Jimmy Beckwith, who has single wins at both the Nos. 3 and 5 positions and a pair of wins at the No. 4 singles spot. As a team, the Broncos are 23-7 (.767) in dual match singles.
Five To Go: Western Michigan has recorded 995 victories in program history, and needs just five more wins to reach 1,000 in program history.