Ferris tennis teams part ways with Grand Valley

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BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s and women’s tennis teams officially opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at home on Saturday, splitting a league double against rival Grand Valley State at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

Both Ferris State teams entered the day as defending GLIAC champions, with the Lakers finishing second to both teams a year ago in both the regular season and playoffs.

The Bulldogs men’s team started the conference strong, earning a 6-1 triumph over GVSU while the women’s team fought hard and had opportunities in a 5-2 loss.


“The men were exceptional today and fired their guns in the doubles,” said FSU head coach Mark Doren. “Wow, that was awesome and they kept rolling singles.

“It was a tough loss on the women’s side, but we played very hard and came away knowing that we are still one of the best teams in the GLIAC and we are looking forward to a rematch,” he added.

The men’s team, currently 9-2 on aggregate, swept the doubles round in dominant fashion and came back to win the first five singles steals, including three in straight sets. A total of seven players saw action and all seven featured in FSU’s final score.

In the women’s contest, the Bulldogs, who are playing without returning GLIAC Player of the Year this spring in Morgan Waller due to injury, fell behind after the doubles round as the Lakers got two of three flights to earn the initial point.

In singles, the Bulldogs picked up a pair of wins from Brittany Lavenant at two singles and Parker Nolan in the fourth steal, but GVSU took the other four steals. Three of the six singles matches were decided in three frames and all were closely contested.

Ferris State will continue a three-game homestand to start conference play with the Bulldogs who are slated to host Michigan Tech on Friday in a doubleheader at the Racquet and Fitness Center. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the men’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s golf team posted a 314-team score on Saturday to place 10th overall after the first day of action at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational taking place in Lexington, Ky.

The Bulldogs finished at +26 after the first 18 holes of play on the par-72 course at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington. The course measured 7,023 yards.

After the first day of action, Findlay leads the vast 19-team field at +7 overall as the Oilers shot a 295-team tally.

Ferris State was led by Thomas Hursey, who shot a 76 and is currently tied for 20th.

The Bulldogs’ Zach Koerner shot a 78 in the first round and is tied for 36th from the field with Nathan Kraynyk in a share of 46th after a first-round 79.

FSU’s Shayne Beaufait and Joshua Jeffords both shot an 81 on Saturday and are tied for 67th individually.

Ferris State’s Jason Martinus and Andrew Proctor are both competing as individuals and are tied for 46th and 58th, respectively. Martinus shot a 79 in the first round with Proctor one shot back with a 80 in the first round.

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