Three seniors set to lead Falcon tennis in season finale

Morgan Carlson and Morgan Carlson

Sitting at the 4th place spot in the Mid-American Conference, the BG women’s tennis team will fight to end their regular season with dual wins this weekend. BG will host Ball State University today and conference-leader Miami tomorrow. The Falcons, with a 4-2 MAC record, trail 3rd place Buffalo (5-2), 2nd place Western Michigan (5-1), and Miami (6-0). At the end of the weekend, BG has a chance to place as high as a tie for first or as low as a tie for sixth going into the MAC Championships. Coach Penny Dean has her sights set on a double win this weekend, playing up the home advantage. ‘[We’re expecting a] good performance and [having a] positive attitude,’ Dean said. ‘Both teams are good. Miami is undefeated in the MAC. We should always be very dangerous at home.’ Currently, Ball State is last in the MAC, going into the weekend with a 0-6 record. Last year, the Falcons beat the Cardinals 6-1, and are hoping for a similar outcome this year, though according to senior Kelsey Jakupcin, the women are preparing hard for the matches nonetheless. ‘We will be working more on our doubles so we can win the doubles point and start out ahead,’ Jakupcin said. ‘[We will] also be keeping up our quickness and mental toughness as usual.’ Fellow senior Stefanie Menoff agreed with Jakupcin’s outlook. ‘I think that we are going into these two matches after a good win on Saturday,’ Menoff said. ‘I think that if the team has a positive and competitive attitude we will be successful against Ball State and Miami.’ With the road portion of their season complete, the Falcons will host the last two regular season matches, as well as the MAC Championships, set to be held April 23-26. ‘I think that playing at home is always nicer because we have the crowd support and we are in the environment that we practice in,’ Menoff said. ‘I believe that finishing at home will give us good momentum going into the MAC championships which are also at home.’ Three fourth-year Falcons – Jakupcin, Menoff and Libby Harrison – will be honored during Senior Day tomorrow. ‘We are looking forward to many Falcon fans coming out to Senior Day on Saturday,’ Dean said. Both matches will be held at Keefe Courts at 1 p.m., weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will be moved indoors to the Perrysburg Tennis Center.