The Ferris State men’s tennis team defeated two teams to start Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play over the weekend.
After losing five straight matches in nonconference play, the Bulldogs started GLIAC play hungry for redemption. Ferris vanquished Michigan Tech with an 8-1 victory on March 21 by sweeping Tech in singles play and winning two of three doubles matches.
Michigan Tech snagged its only victory of the day in doubles with David Heuer and Anders Sandholm upsetting the ninth-ranked doubles partner’s sophomores Justin Hermes and Jack Swan of Ferris. The Bulldogs are now even at 5-5 overall for the season.
The Bulldogs also won on March 20 against Lake Superior State with a 6-3 victory. Ferris won two of the three double positions as the tandems of Swan and Hermes along with senior Ahmet Demir and freshman Arin Enge were victorious with identical scores of 8-4.
Three of Ferris’ four singles matches wins came in straight sets. Senior Kyle Revall and Swan won their singles flights with scores of 7-5, 6-2. Freshman Tyler Marengo grabbed a 6-4, 6-0 victory in the sixth position.
Ferris State is ranked 44th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II National Rankings and fourth in the Midwest Region.
The team played March 23 against Albion as the last home game for the next two matches, but the results were unavailable as of publication time.
The Bulldogs will be going to Tiffin University March 26. Tiffin has lost its last five matches, including its first GLIAC contest. Ferris blanked Tiffin 9-0 in their meeting during the 2008-09 season. n