Muncie, Ind. – Just four months after taking home the Mid-American Conference Tournament title at Ball State, the RedHawks returned to the site for another successful showing this weekend at the Ball State Invitational. Miami walked away with four singles championships across the five total flights and one doubles championship in the consolation bracket.
In singles flight A, senior Christiana Raymond leaves Muncie with a first-place finish. Raymond won Friday 6-4, 6-3, she won Saturday twice by scores of 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-3. Saturday Raymond wrapped things up with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ball State’s Courtney Wild in the championship round.
Freshman Andreea Badileanu won four matches as well over the course of three days to win the singles flight B. Badileanu won 6-2, 6-1 on Friday, 6-4, 7-5 and 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on Saturday, and capped it off with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Katherine White of Notre Dame on Sunday.
Juniors Christine Guerrazzi and Ramona Costea met up against each other in the championship for singles flight D on Sunday. Guerrazzi only dropped one game, winning 6-1, 6-0 in the all-Miami final. Costea had not lost a set in the tournament prior to Sunday, winning her first three matches by scores of 6-2, 6-1 on Friday and 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday.
Sophomore Chloe Heerden leaves Muncie without dropping a single set en route to her first-place finish in the singles flight E. Heerden won Friday 6-3, 6-0 and then dropped just two games on Saturday, winning 6-0, 6-0 and then 6-1, 6-1. Heerden won 6-0, 6-3 on Sunday over Megan Brdicka from Wright State in the final.
After losing their first doubles match on Saturday afternoon, sophomore Ana Rajkovic and Guerrazzi responded with three straight wins throughout the rest of the weekend to capture the doubles flight A consolation bracket.
"We did a good job competing this weekend," said Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu. "It was nice to see Chloe, Andreea, Christine and Christiana win their flights. It is a very positive start to the season and it gives us a lot of confidence as we move forward."
Miami returns to action next Saturday when it hosts the Miami Invitational. Admission to Miami tennis is free.