MUNCIE, Ind. -- Miami avenged its only regular-season loss on Saturday, cruising past fourth-seeded Ball State 4-0 in the semifinal round of the Mid-American Conference Championship. The RedHawks will face No. 2 Bowling Green, a 4-2 winner over Akron in the late semifinal, in Sunday's final.
Miami (12-12) took the doubles point by winning at Nos. 2 and 3. Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman won seven of the first eight games, then withstood a break for an 8-3 win in the second flight. Ramona Costea and Christiana Raymond also got off to a fast start, winning fhe first three games enroute to a 5-1 advantage. After dropping a game, they captured three straight for an 8-2 decision.
Raymond and Guerrazzi set the tone for the singles portion of play, each winning their first set at love. Raymond finished off her second set first, 6-3, to put the RedHawks up 2-0, right before Guerrazzi claimed a 6-2 victory over Kristel Sanders in her second set. When the two met during the regular season on March 23, Sanders rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third set to give the Cardinals the overall 4-3 match win, snapping Miami's streak of 33 straight regular-season victories in league play.
Rajkovic clinched Saturday's victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5. In the abandoned matches, Mohan was ahead 6-3, 2-1 at No. 1, Thurman led 6-4, 3-4 at No. 2 and Costea was up 6-1, 4-3.
Sunday's match begins at 12 noon at either the Cardinal Creek Tennis Club on Ball State's campus or the Muncie YMCA in case of inclement weather. The RedHawks won tournament titles in 2009 and 2010 before suffering 4-3 losses to Akron in each of the last two years.