Sports Shorts

Tennis triumphant in home opener

The Bulldogs’ men’s tennis team won their first game at home in a non-league match-up against Northwestern Ohio. The Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders, and all four of their singles victories were in straight sets. The final score was 6-3, moving the team’s record to 2-1 on the year. Next up for the Dawgs is a league match-up on the road against rival Grand Valley State on Feb. 25.

The Ferris State women’s tennis team also got their season started right with a commanding 7-2 victory over Northwestern Ohio. After winning two of the three doubles contests, the Bulldogs were near perfect in singles, winning five of six, including victories at each of the top five positions. The Bulldogs play their next two matches at home and will look to continue their success against Olivet Nazarene on Feb. 27, and Indianapolis on Feb. 28.

Basketball struggles to stay consistent

The Ferris State women’s basketball team won in impressive fashion on the road against Hillsdale on Feb. 19. A dominant 69-49 victory was spearheaded by junior guard Katie Mavis who scored 21 points. The Bulldogs held Hillsdale to only 14 points in the first half.

However, the team failed to follow up on their effort with a 64-58 loss against Saginaw Valley State on Feb. 21 at home. The Dawgs put up a valiant effort, but they only managed to shoot 31.8% from the field.

The loss dropped them to 11-13 on the season and 9-12 in GLIAC play. The Dawgs will play rival Grand Valley State at home in the regular season finale on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

The men’s team has also had trouble putting together a win streak as of late. Earlier in the week, the team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Hillsdale 74-73. The game was highlighted by a career high 37 points from senior guard Drew Lehman, but his potential game-winning shot came up just short in the final seconds.

The Bulldogs took the loss in stride and rebounded with a 78-72 victory over SVSU at home. Nine total players scored points for the Bulldogs in the contest. The Bulldogs have now clinched home court advantage for the quarterfinals of the GLIAC tournament, and are set to wrap up the regular season at home against Grand Valley on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.