Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's tennis team kept its hold on first place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings as the Bulldogs completed a three-match weekend swing in Ohio by beating conference newcomer Malone 9-0 on Saturday (March 30) in Canton, Ohio.
FSU improved to 11-2 overall and 8-0 in conference play by beating Malone in the first-ever matchup against the Pioneers.
The Bulldogs dominated the doubles round by winning all three flights by identical 8-0 scores.
In singles action, FSU swept the six flights in straight-sets, which included a pair of 6-0, 6-0 decisions.
The closest singles contest came at the number one flight were FSU's top player, Laurent Galarneau, posted a 6-2, 7-6 win.
Previously, the Bulldogs topped Lake Erie and Walsh to open the trip by identical 9-0 scores on Thursday and Friday, March 28-29, respectively.
Ferris State's 8-0 mark is currently atop the GLIAC standings with Grand Valley State (7-0), Northwood (5-0) and Wayne State (4-0) also unbeaten in league competition entering the day's action.
The Bulldogs still must face all three schools to wrap up league regular-season action. The stretch starts on Wednesday (April 3) as FSU visits Wayne State for a 2 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Detroit. FSU then visits Northwood on April 9 before hosting Grand Valley State in its final conference regular-season tilt on April 12.
Overall, the Bulldogs have presently won their last five matches in a row to date and FSU's only setbacks this season have came against NCAA Division I competition.
#34 Ferris State 9, Malone University Men's Tennis 0
Mar 30, 2013 at Canton, OH (Malone Courts)
|1. Laurent Galarneau (FS) def. Youssef Sonbaty (MALMEN) 6-3, 7-6|
|2. Sergiu Laza (FS) def. Nate Davis (MALMEN) 6-3, 6-1|
|3. Tyler Marengo (FS) def. Vladyslav Dyenyezhka (MALMEN) 6-0, 6-0|
|4. Razvan Mag (FS) def. Alex Steinmetz (MALMEN) 6-0, 6-2|
|5. Otto Keresztes (FS) def. Steffan Dwarkasingh (MALMEN) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Aaron Dial (FS) def. Andrew Hill (MALMEN) 6-0, 6-0|
|1. Laurent Galarneau/Razvan Mag (FS) def. Youssef Sonbaty/Nate Davis (MALMEN) 8-0|
|2. Sergiu Laza/Tyler Marengo (FS) def. Brett Krejci/Andrew Hill (MALMEN) 8-0|
|3. Otto Keresztes/Aaron Dial (FS) def. Alex Steinmetz/Steffan Dwarkasingh (MALMEN) 8-0|
|Ferris State 11-2 (8-0 GLIAC); National ranking #34; Regional ranking #2|
|Malone University Men's Tennis 8-11 (1-4 GLIAC)|
|Official: Rob Meister