March 17, 2010

Men's Tennis Opens GLIAC Play At Home

Big Rapids, Mich. - After playing seven consecutive road matches, including five on a spring break trip to Missouri and Kansas, the Ferris State University men's tennis team will finally return home to open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with a pair of duals this weekend at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs will host Lake Superior State in their first conference match on Saturday (March 20) with match time set for 11 a.m. (EDT).  FSU then wraps up the weekend by facing Michigan Tech on Sunday (March 21) in a 10 a.m. (EDT) league match.

Ferris State enters this weekend's homestand with a 3-5 overall record to date and all five setbacks have came against either NCAA Division I competition or teams ranked higher in the NCAA Division II National Rankings.

FSU is presently listed 44th nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II poll along with fourth in the Midwest Regional Rankings.

FSU senior Ahmet Demir is currently the region’s 14th-ranked singles player while the tandem of Justin Hermes and Jack Swan is ninth in the regional doubles listing.

Saturday's match versus LSSU will begin a span of three home matches in four days as the Bulldogs will also host Albion next Tuesday (March 23) in a 3 p.m. (EDT) non-league tilt at the FSU Racquet & Fitness Center.

FSU began the season with three consecutive victories, including a 5-4 home triumph over Lewis in its first official contest (Feb. 20), which has also been the Bulldogs’ only home encounter to date this season.

The Bulldogs will play seven conference matches this season prior to the 2010 GLIAC Tournament, which will be held April 17-18 in Midland, Mich.

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