FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2014
RESULTS | MUNCIE, Ind. – Despite a solid spring and receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the Indiana Tech men’s tennis team got off to a rough start in the spring, falling to NCAA Division I Ball State University, 7-0 at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Warriors (4-2) suffered their first loss since Sept. 18, when they fell to Huntington, 3-6. It was also the first time this year that Tech failed to win a match, as the Cardinals swept the Warriors. Ball State got off to a fast start as the won the doubles points, sweeping the three matches, 8-0, 8-3 and 8-7 (5-3). The best chance the Orange and Black had was in the third doubles match where Kino de Leon and Alberto Tenias lost to Matt Helm and Austin Smith in a tiebreak, 5-3.
Every singles player for Tech won at least one point in the competition, but none could win their match. At number one singles, Joaquin Ferrando fell to Ray Leonard, 6-1, 6-3 while Mikel Oscoz put forth the best effort of the day, falling to Shashank Nautiyal 6-4, 6-2.
The Warriors will return to action on Friday, Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s Day contest with Cardinal Stritch at the Wildwood Racquet Club at 6 p.m.