A rivalry has heated up over the past couple of years between Ball State women's tennis and Buffalo. Today, it was the Cardinals (16-2, 4-0 MAC) who came out on top over the Buffalo Bulls (6-6, 0-2 MAC).
In the doubles on court 4, freshman Julia Sbircea and senior Rosa Calderon started off evenly with their Buffalo opponents, junior Tanja Stojanovska and senior Margarita Kotok. However, as the match went on, the Cardinals pair was outplayed and lost their touch as they fell to a 6-2 loss.
It was better news on the other courts though. Court 5 saw sophomore Peyton Gollhofer and senior Carmen Blanco beat sophomore Chantal Martinez Blanco and freshman Anna Savchenko 6-3. It was a much tighter affair on court 6 though as sophomore Audrey Berger and sophomore Isabelle Dohanics had to use a tiebreak to finally end the match. After squandering a few match points throughout, they brought home the doubles point for Ball State with a 7-6 (8) victory over senior Laura Holterbosch and sophomore Mercedes Losada Rubio.
For most of the singles matches, Ball State looked sharper as the match went on.
Blanco looked in good form in the No. 1 slot as she beat Stojanvska 6-3, 6-2. It was the same story on the court next door as Gollhofer looked comfortable in her 6-3, 6-4 victory of Buffalo’s Martinez.
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Cardinal Creek Tennis Center, Muncie
Opponent: Eastern Michigan
Coming out of the deciding doubles, Dohanics grew into the game and took it by the scruff of the neck in the end as she dispatched Losada 6-4, 6-1 on court 4. Her partner, Berger, played next to her on court 5 and eventually came through with a 6-4, 6-4 win over sophomore Sanjana Sudhir.
Ball State would drop two points in the singles. Senior Toni Ormond lost the first without taking a game to her name but won the tiebreak in the second set. She couldn’t repeat that in the match-breaker though as she lost 6-0, 6-7 (4), 10-8 to freshman Emel Abibula.
Out on court 6, Calderon also lost her first set but took the contest to a match-breaker. She went on to lose the match 4-6, 6-4, 3-10 to Buffalo’s Holterbosch.
Ball State leads the way at the top of the Mid-American Conference, winning all four of its conference matches.