FSU Women's Tennis Drops Road Match

FSU freshman Tabitha Simpson was the Bulldogs' lone winner at UMKC (FSU Photo Services)
FSU freshman Tabitha Simpson was the Bulldogs' lone winner at UMKC (FSU Photo Services)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team opened its annual spring trip with a 5-1 setback in non-league play at NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday (March 9) afternoon in North Kansas City, Mo.

The Bulldogs fell to 10-7 overall this campaign with the loss while the Kangaroos improved to 2-7 on the season in the win at the Northland Racquet Club.

In the win, UMKC freshman Laura Bouet tied a school single-season win record by recording her 10th victory of the campaign in a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at the second flight over FSU's Tiffany Rheynard.

In the other singles matches, Missouri Kansas City's Eva Dalvai battled back from a set down to defeat FSU's Amy Ingle, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8, at the top flight while Suzan Lisenby beat the Bulldogs' Melissa Flowers, 6-5, 6-4 in fourth singles competition.  Jillian Yakominich took her match from Ferris' number five player Natalie Diorio by a 7-6, 6-1 count.  

In the sixth singles flight, UMKC's Holly Davis won the first set of her match against Daniela Dimas, 6-3, and was down in the second set, 2-3, before the match was called due to time. 

Ferris' lone win of the day came at the number three flight where Bulldog freshman Tabitha Simpson topped Chelsea Horner 6-3, 6-0.

In doubles action, all three Kangaroo teams picked up wins to give UMKC the doubles point as the tandem round counted as only a single point in the final team score per NCAA Division I regulations.  Dalvai and Horner beat Ingle and Rheynard, 8-5, at the top flight while Lisenby and Bouet defeated Diorio and FSU's Mary Coleman at number two, 8-0.  In number three doubles play, Jessica Ball and Yakominich downed Ferris' Flowers and Dimas, 8-6.

The Bulldog women's tennis team continues its four-match swing to Missouri and Kansas by visiting Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday (March 10) for a 2 p.m. (EST) non-league tilt in Marysville, Mo.

Singles Results
No. 1 - Eva Dalvai (UMKC) def. Amy Ingle (FSU), 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
No. 2 - Laura Bouet (UMKC) def. Tiff Rheynard (FSU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 - Tabitha Simpson (FSU) def. Chelsea Horner (UMKC), 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 - Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) def. Melissa Flowers (FSU), 6-5, 6-4
No. 5 - Jillian Yakominich (UMKC) def. Natalie Diorio (FSU), 7-6, 6-1
No. 6 - Holly Davis (UMKC) vs. Daniela Dimas (FSU), 6-3, 2-3, DNF

Doubles Results
No. 1 - Dalvai/Horner (UMKC) def. Ingle/Rheynard (FSU), 8-5
No. 2 - Lisenby/Bouet (UMKC) def. Diorio/Coleman (FSU), 8-0
No. 3 - Ball/Yakominich (UMKC) def. Flowers/Dimas (FSU), 8-6