Ferris Tennis Teams Beat Lake Superior

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s and women’s tennis teams capped off a sweeping weekend at home with two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victories over Lake Superior State on Saturday inside the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs won the men’s game by a decisive 6-1 tally and battled for a 4-3 triumph in the women’s contest, finishing the weekend with a combined 4-0 record on aggregate, sweeping Saturday following a sweep over Michigan. Tech on Friday.

Ferris State went undefeated in men’s conference competition, going 3-0 in the GLIAC and 11-2 on the year, with the women’s team going 2-1 in conference and 7-5 overall this campaign.

The game was the last home game of the regular season this year for the men’s team, which celebrated Seniors Day and honored seniors Mathis Guerre, Josh McDermott and Ayush Deswal.

“It was an outstanding day inside the Ferris State Tennis Center,” said FSU head coach Mark Doren. “The men started the day with a convincing victory over a much improved team from Lake Superior State and followed the game with a big ceremony celebrating the seniors after the contest.

“On the women’s side, we were down 3-2 with two courts going,” he added. “Sophie (Daavettila) took a great win in three sets to equalize and then Sam Stephenson fought his way to a decisive victory. Everyone played well but the determination that Sam and Sophie showed was fantastic. “

Ferris State took double in both matches winning two of three steals in each. In singles action, the Bulldogs had five wins for the men and shared all six for the women, including Daavettila’s three-set triumph as well as Stephenson’s decisive victory in addition to Parker Nolan’s four-single win.

Friday action

Ferris State University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams started a weekend at home with a big sweep over Michigan Tech Friday inside the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs outscored MTU in the women’s contest 4-3 and finished the sweep with a 6-1 triumph over the Huskies in the men’s contest.

“It was a good day for us,” Doren said. “The women started the day with a gutsy win and Michigan Tech is a strong team that can beat anyone in the GLIAC, so we were really happy to get the win.

“On the men’s side, Tech is a hugely improved team,” he added. “We had to improve our games today to get the win. All in all, it was great tennis to get up to speed heading into tomorrow’s game against Lake Superior State.”

In the women’s match, the Bulldogs won two of three doubles contests for the initial point and tied all six singles contests for the win.

Meanwhile, in the men’s contest, FSU swept the doubles round and took five of six singles steals for the victory.

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