Ferris State capped off the opening of GLIAC play with a shutout win over Findlay, extending its winning streak to four in a row.
The Bulldogs (6-1) have played exceptional tennis so far this season. Ferris began conference play with back-to-back-to-back victories over Tiffin, Ohio Dominican and, most recently, recorded a 9-0 win over Findlay.
Ferris hosted one conference foe per day over a three day span that resulted in consecutive wins, pushing them into a four-game winning streak following its convincing triumph over Findlay.
“It was tough, but we got stronger as the weekend wore on,” Ferris senior Sergiu Laza said. “Working hard in practice and workouts has really helped us progress though the tough weekend.”
Against Findlay, Ferris won each of its three doubles matches prior to taking each of its singles on the backs of senior captains Razvan Mag, Sergiu Laza and Tyler Marengo.
The Bulldogs also looked to their sophomore one man, Laurent Galarneau, who lost his first match of the year in an emotional battle against Ohio-Dominican’s freshman Walid Gtari.
“I think all the guys played well in both doubles and singles,” Galarneau said. “It was nice to start GLIAC games with three wins, but I think we can play even better.”
After wins of 8-1, 5-4 and 9-0 against Tiffin, Ohio-Dominican and Findlay, respectively, the Bulldogs now have an entire month off to plan for bigger matchups.
“We now have some time to recoup and get back to practice,” Marengo said. “We just need to practice hard and work on our game to be ready for tougher conference matchups later in the season.”
Following the break, Ferris will play NCAA Division I Western Michigan (8-4), who recently had a five-game winning streak of its own snapped by Division I and nationally 36th ranked Drake.
The Bulldogs will look to come off of their month-long hiatus with fresh legs and intensity, as the season will get tougher and teams look to take down Ferris, who won the GLIAC tournament last year.
“Everybody has a new respect for them,” first year Ferris head coach Chad Berryhill said. “Every time they go on the court, the other team is going to give them their best showing. But, winning is winning and we are just going to continue to build on that and remain successful.”
Ferris will travel to Kalamazoo to play Western Michigan University Thursday, March 21 at the West Hills Athletic Club.