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January 17, 2014
By troy derengowski of HOOSIER SPORTS 365


Ball State's gymnastics team, under the direction of first-year head coach Joanna Saleem, will host the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday at 7 p.m. in Irving Gym in the school's Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Cardinals will be opening its 2014 home schedule, while Iowa will hit the road for the first time this season.

Ball State, 1-3 on the season, won its opening dual of the season at Illinois State Jan. 4, 189.000-188.950.  The Cardinals finished fourth out of four teams at the Kentucky Classic Jan. 10, posting a team score of 190.875.  Kentucky won the event with a 195.000, following by Penn State (193.975) and West Virginia (193.700).

Saleem, who was a volunteer assistant for the Cardinals last year, served as an assistant at Iowa from 1999-2001.

The Hawkeyes opened the 2014 campaign with a 191.750-191.650 loss to Utah State, which is coached by former Ball State head coach Nadalie Walsh, Jan. 11 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  

Friday's meet is free of charge to all interested fans.




MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team opens the 2014 spring schedule Friday when it hosts Valparaiso and IUPUI at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center beginning at 2 p.m.

Ball State will face Valparaiso in their first match playing three doubles and six singles matches.  In the night cap, the Cardinals will take on IUPUI at 7 p.m. with the same match format.

The Cardinals begin their 37th year of tennis at Ball State which began with the 1977-78 season.  Max Norris, who was an assistant women's tennis coach at Alabama, was named the fifth head coach in Ball State women's tennis history on Dec. 6, 2013.

Ball State returns six letterwinners from last season.  The Cardinals welcome back junior Courtney Wildwho for the second straight season received First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors.  Wild ended the season with 20-5 dual mark and a 6-4 league record.  She was also named to the All-MAC Tournament team.  Courtney Earnest will also return for the Cardinals after earning Second Team All-MAC accolades last year.  Earnest ended the season with a 19-6 dual record and went 6-2 in league play.

The Ball State women's tennis team will then play at Kentucky Saturday with first serve at 6 p.m.  After that, the Cardinals return home to host another double-header Jan. 24 against Wright State (2 p.m.) and Oakland University (4 p.m.) in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.





MUNCIE, Ind. ­– The Ball State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return home to Lewellen Aquatics Center this Saturday, Jan. 18 to battle Eastern Illinois. The meet is set for 1 p.m. and live results will be available on ballstatesports.com.

The Cardinals are coming off meets against IUPUI and Xavier last weekend. MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week Drew Tharpswept the butterfly while senior Bridgette Ruehl maintained her undefeated streak in the breaststroke earning wins in both events. Also earning wins last weekend for Ball State were Carlena MagleyMallory MilesHaley Richter, Drew Sullenbarger,Jake Brehmer and Madie Zirzow.

Last year, the men earned a 169-93 win against Eastern Illinois off 13 event wins. The Cardinals saw Michael Weber,Michael OaksJoseph MorrisDrew Tharp and Andy Lamb all earn at least two individual event wins.

The women cruised to a 150-108 victory the last time they faced the Panthers on the heel of nine event wins. Cheyanne JacksonSumaiyah AhmadHaley RichterCori VormohrJillian BischoffKayla Hussey and Emily Wisolek all earned individual wins for the Cardinals last season.

You can follow the action at ballstatesports.com or on Twitter at @BallStateWSwim and @BallStateMSwim.

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