Ferris men’s tennis team falls to Western Michigan

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s tennis squad officially opened its spring action with two matches against NCAA Division I Western Michigan on Friday in Kalamazoo.

The Bulldogs performed well in their first action of the year as they stepped up the level of competition, but fell to the host Broncos by a pair of 7-0 scores in their initial dual outings of the campaign.

In the first match, the Broncos claimed the doubles point by taking all three flights. They also took the six singles positions in straight-sets, but several spots were tight and closely contested.

Meanwhile, in the second match of the day, Western Michigan again emerged victorious in the doubles round and pulled out the six singles flights to earn the victory.

Both outings took place at the West Hills Athletic Club. Ferris State untilized seven different players on the day.

Ferris battled the Hillsdale Chargers to the wire in regional action on Sunday, but came up short in a close 4-3 setback at the Margot V. Biermann Center in Hillsdale.

The Bulldogs took the early lead by winning two of the three doubles flights to grab the first point before Hillsdale rallied to claim four of the six singles positions en route to the win.

Ferris State got identical 6-1 doubles wins at the top two spots in the lineup with the tandems of Steward Sell and Nur Adim Ramdani Iswan along with Mathis Guerre and Pablo Munoz Baroja both garnering wins.

In singles play, Ramdani Iswan and Baroja were both victorious, but Hillsdale scored wins at the bottom three singles flights in addition to a key win from Charlie Adams in an exciting three-set contest at the number one position.

Three of the six singles matches overall were decided in three sets.

Ferris State will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Lewis (Ill.) in regional play in Romeoville, Ill.

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