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Women’s tennis claim fourth place in semi-finals
The Ferris State University women’s tennis team entered the 2016 GLIAC Tournament as the fourth seed and were able to advance to the semi-final round before losing to the No. 1 seeded Northwood University Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Bulldogs faced off against the fifth seed Saginaw Valley Cardinals Friday, Oct. 29, and won 5-3 in the opening round that evening. Teodora Stefanovic, Nicole Meylor, Arien Kissinger and Silvia Verebes won their single matches for Ferris. Sydney Berens and Kissinger as a doubles team won 8-3.

In the semi-finals against Northwood, Ferris lost 5-1 against the Timberwolves. In doubles-play, they matched their previous day’s output against SVSU to win 8-3.

The Bulldogs faced off against Grand Valley State University Sunday, Oct. 30, for third place in the tournament.

Ferris women’s tennis is now 8-5 on the season and will begin their spring season Sunday, Feb. 26, at Aquinas College.

Strong season predict for men’s basketball
Ferris’ men’s basketball team has been picked to finish second place in the 2016-17 GLIAC North Division by the league’s coaches. Saginaw Valley State was picked to win the North Division with 49 points and seven first-place votes. The Bulldogs tallied 40 points.

Other preseason recognition for the Bulldogs came was awarded to Ferris junior guard Drew Cushingberry who was named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division First Team.

Ferris comes into the 2016-17 season following two back-to-back GLIAC Tournament Championships and a NCAA Div. 2 Sweet Sixteen appearance.

Preseason play tips off against Div. 1 schools Xavier Saturday, Nov. 5, and the University of Detroit Monday, Nov. 7. Regular season play begins Friday, Nov. 11, in St.Louis for the GLIAC/GLVC Classic against Missouri-St.Louis.

Lady Dawgs end regular season on loss to Grand Valley
Women’s soccer ended the season on a sour note losing at home to the Grand Valley State Lakers 3-1. Grand Valley Struck early in the first half off of GVSU junior forward Gabriella Mencotti’s header at 10:58 to make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later, GVSU senior defender Clare Carlson rebounded a corner kick in to go up 2-0. The Lakers final score came six minutes into the second half from senior forward Kendra Stauffer. The Bulldog’s lone goal came from junior defender Audrey Romine on a penalty kick at 66:10.

On the day, Ferris was outshot 30-12. Freshman goalie Grace Kraft played the first 52 minutes of the match and saved five out of eight shots faced. After GVSU scored their third goal, fellow freshman Alison Chesterfield took over goalkeeping duties and recorded nine saves.

The Lady Bulldogs have an overall record of 6-7-4 with a 4-3-4 record in conference play. Ferris recorded 16 points to finish at No. 6 in the women’s soccer standings in conference play. They play No. 3 seed Michigan Tech in the opening round of the tournament in Houghton Tuesday, Nov. 1.