Broncos Fall in Season Finale at Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team completed its season 2014 dual match season with a road loss on Saturday, falling 6-1 to the Ball State Cardinals in Muncie. With the loss, the Broncos finish the season with a 13-11 overall record, 2-6 in Mid-American Conference play.
Caroline Aleck notched the sole point for the Broncos on Saturday, defeating the Cardinals' Bethany Moore in three sets in the No. 5 singles match. Aleck was felled in the first set against Moore, but bounced back for two straight wins for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 1-0 (7) victory to give WMU its lone point of the match.
Ball State clinched the doubles point against WMU with a victory over Aleck and Kathleen Hawkins in the No. 1 doubles match, as Moore and Courtney Earnest downed the pair of Broncos 8-1 to notch the extra point. Kristel Sanders made it a 2-0 match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Meika Ashby at No. 3 singles, and Earnest put the Cardinals on the precipice of victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hawkins. The match was clinched by Courtney Wild, who downed Sujashvili 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to wrap up the win.
Ball State 6, Western Michigan 1
1. Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Nini Sujashvill (WMU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Melka Ashby (WMU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ayaka Terashi (BSU) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 7-5
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Bethany Moore (BSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 1-0 (9-7)
6. Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Yuriko Ono (WMU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
1. Courtney Earnest/Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) 8-1
2. Kristel Sanders/Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Nini Sujashvill/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 8-3
3. Courtney Wild/Ayaka Terashi (BSU) vs. Melka Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) 3-6, unfinished
Western Michigan 13-11, 2-6 MAC
Ball State 16-8, 6-2 MAC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,2,1,6,5,4)