Sports Shorts

Closing the book

The Ferris women’s tennis team closed the book on their fall season in the 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament, finishing in fifth place.

Friday, Oct. 26, the team faced off against Wayne State University, falling short in a 4-2 loss. The team received a 6-2 win and a 6-0 victory from Ferris seniors Nika Hein and Nicole Meylor in singles play.

Saturday, Oct. 27, the Bulldogs responded with a huge 4-2 win over Ashland University. The Bulldogs won in straight sets with Hein, Meylor, and freshmen Brittany Lavenant and Patricia Martin Gomez. The team won four out of their five singles.

On the final day of the tournament, Sunday, Oct. 28, the Bulldogs competed against Lake Superior State University in a consolation match and defeated the Lakers by a 4-1 score.

The team received victories in doubles play by winning the second and third flights.

The team finished the season with a 6-6 overall record and 4-5 record in GLIAC play for the fall.

The Bulldogs will be back in action for their spring season Feb. 10 against the Hillsdale Chargers.

Experience of a lifetime

Having won the NCAA Division II National Championship last year, the 2018-19 Ferris men’s basketball team had the chance to compete against the Duke University Blue Devils.

The Bulldogs headed to Durham, North Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 27, in hopes of finding a win. Instead they fell short with a score of 132- 48 in their final exhibition contest before regular season competition gets underway.

The Blue Devils gives the Bulldogs the opportunity to play them in an exhibition contest every year. The exhibition marked the first time in Ferris basketball history that they played an opponent from the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC).

The Bulldogs shot the ball only 16 percent in the first half and 34 percent in the second half. Duke shot the ball 59 percent overall on the day and dominated the boards with a 61- 35 rebound advantage.

Toledo transfer center Taylor Adway led the Bulldogs in scoring on the afternoon with 12 points. 16 Bulldogs saw action in Saturday’s contest.

The Bulldogs will be back in action as they get set to start regular season play Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri against Fairmont State University (West Virginia).

Preseason honors

The Ferris women’s basketball team has been projected to finish in third place in the 2018-19 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Preseason Poll announced Thursday, Oct. 25.

The conference also announced that Ferris junior forward Lilly George was named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division team.

The team returns 13 players this season and is looking to build on the success from a year ago. Last season, the team recorded 15 wins, which was the most since the 2011-12 season, and also appeared in their first GLIAC Tournament in five years.

The team will begin regular season play with an opening tournament 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, against Davis & Elkins and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, against Ursuline in Wink Arena.