Bulldogs Fall To Nationally-Ranked Patriots

The 2008-09 women's tennis team
The 2008-09 women's tennis team

The Ferris State University men's and women's tennis squads faced tough competition on Wednesday (March 11) as both Bulldog teams fell to nationally-ranked Francis Marion (S.C.) by identical 9-0 scores in Florence, S.C.

The Bulldog women trailed 3-0 after the doubles round and lost five of the six singles flights in straight-sets to the ninth-ranked Patriots.

Meanwhile, the FSU men's team also dropped five singles flights in straight-sets along with one by retirement against the Patriots' 11th-ranked men's squad. The closest doubles score in the men's match was 8-4 at both the second and third spots in the lineup.

Ferris' women's squad, which is ranked ninth in the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Rankings, dropped to 10-10 overall this season with the setback while FMU improved to 11-1 on the year.

The Bulldog men also dropped to .500 on the year with a 4-4 overall mark to date. Francis Marion is presently 10-1 overall this campaign following Wednesday's victory.

Ferris State next will face Pfeiffer (N.C.) on Thursday (March 12) in both men's and women's action with match time set for 1 p.m. (EDT) in Misenheimer, N.C.

The match will wrap up the women's spring trip action while the Bulldog men will also visit DePauw (Ind.) on Saturday (March 14) for a 4 p.m. (EDT) encounter in Greencastle, Ind., before heading back to Big Rapids.

Women's Singles:
1. Tereza Sykorova (FMU) def. Amy Ingle (FS) 6-4, 7-5
2. Kristyna Horakova (FMU) def. Melissa Flowers (FS) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jitka Gavdunova (FMU) def. Natalie Diorio (FS) 6-2, 6-0
4. Valeska Ibscher (FMU) def. Jennifer Prisner (FS) 6-1, 6-0
5. Sabina Baberadova (FMU) def. Jessie Conklin (FS) 6-3, 6-0
6. Saskia Ludwig (FMU) def. Mary Coleman (FS) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8

Women's Doubles:
1. Jitka Gavdunova/Kristyna Horakova (FMU) def. Amy Ingle/Natalie Diorio (FS) 8-3
2. Tereza Sykorova/Sabina Baberadova (FMU) def. Jennifer Prisner/Jessie Conklin (FS) 8-0
3. Valeska Ibscher/Saskia Ludwig (FMU) def. Melissa Flowers/Mary Coleman (FS) 8-2