Women's Tennis Stops Skid With Road Win

The Bulldogs, including Mary Coleman, picked up a 5-1 win on Thursday (FSU Photo Services)
The Bulldogs, including Mary Coleman, picked up a 5-1 win on Thursday (FSU Photo Services)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team rolled to a 5-1 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) on Thursday (March 11) afternoon.

The match was originally slated to be played on the Bearcats' home courts before rain forced it to be moved to Springfield's (Mo.) Cooper Tennis Complex on the indoor surface. 

Eventually, the match was called due to time once FSU picked up its fifth point to seal the victory and the final three singles flights were not played.

The Bulldogs snapped a three-match losing streak with the non-league victory and improved to 11-8 overall this campaign.  Meanwhile, Southwest Baptist fell to 2-2 overall on the year.

The Bearcats' lone win came in number two doubles play where Johanna Olsson and Sarah Sentlinger topped FSU's Natalie Diorio and Mary Coleman by an 8-5 count.

Ferris State claimed both the first and third doubles positions with the tandem of Amy Ingle and Tiffany Rheynard notching a convincing 8-3 win at the top spot while Melissa Flowers and Daniela Dimas were 8-1 winners at the third flight.

In singles action, the Bulldogs took all three completed flights in straight-sets as Ingle (#1), Rheynard (#2) and Tabitha Simpson (#3) all picked up victories.

The Bulldogs will play their final spring break road trip match on Friday (March 12) at Washburn (Kan.) with match time set for 10 a.m. (EST) in Topeka, Kan.  The match is also the final scheduled regular-season dual for the Bulldog women's team this spring.

Singles competition
1. Amy Ingle (FS) def. Cook, Jolee (SBU-W) 6-0, 6-2
2. Tiffany Rheynard (FS) def. Olsson, Johanna (SBU-W) 7-5, 6-3
3. Tabitha Simpson (FS) def. Schmidt, Faiga (SBU-W) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Amy Ingle/Tiffany Rheynard (FS) def. Cook, Jolee/Schmidt, Faiga (SBU-W) 8-3
2. Olsson, Johanna/Sentlinger, Sarah (SBU-W) def. Natalie Diorio/Mary Coleman (FS) 8-5
3. Melissa Flowers/Daniela Dimas (FS) def. Hendrickson, Jenna/Guiot, Crystal (SBU-W) 8-1