Women's Tennis Falls In NCAA Regional

Women's Tennis Falls In NCAA Regional
FSU's Tiffany Rheynard eyes the ball in Thursday's NCAA Regional Match (Photo by Travis McCurdy, Northwood Sports Information)

Midland, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 setback to Wayne State in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on Friday (May 6) morning at the Gerstacker Tennis Center in Midland.

The Warriors took two of the three doubles flights in the national tournament dual between the two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opponents.  They then captured three of the first four completed singles flights to advance to Friday's (May 7) regional final in the event hosted by Northwood University.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the 2009-10 campaign with a 12-9 overall record after entering the regional as the fifth overall seed.  Fourth-seeded Wayne State improved to 16-5 overall.

FSU's lone doubles triumph came from the number three tandem of Daniela Dimas and Melissa Flowers, who beat Debora Correa and Jennifer Bradford by an 8-6 count.

Natalie Diorio was Ferris' lone singles winner as she topped Correa by a 6-2, 6-3 margin.

In the other doubles matches, the Wayne State tandem of Sharon Gill and Kristina Goranskaya defeated FSU's Amy Ingle and Tiffany Rheynard 8-3 at the top flight.  Meanwhile, McCall Monte and Milena Vuksanovic emerged victorious against FSU's Diorio and Mary Coleman by a 8-2 score.

Gill was a 6-1, 6-3 winner against Ingle at the first singles flight while Goranskaya topped Rheynard 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 at the second spot.  Monte also won her match against Flowers with the score of 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at the fourth flight.

The Bulldogs were making their 18th overall regional tournament appearance, but their first since 2007.

Singles competition
1. Sharon Gill (WS) def. Amy Ingle (FS) 6-1, 6-3
2. Kristina Goranskaya (WS) def. Tiffany Rheynard (FS) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
3. Milena Vuksanovic (WS) vs. Tabitha Simpson (FS) unfinished
4. McCall Monte (WS) def. Melissa Flowers (FS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Natalie Diorio (FS) def. Debora Correa (WS) 6-2, 6-3
6. Jennifer Bradford (WS) vs. Daniela Dimas (FS) unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Sharon Gill/Kristina Goranskaya (WS) def. Amy Ingle/Tiffany Rheynard (FS) 8-3
2. McCall Monte/Milena Vuksanovic (WS) def. Natalie Diorio/Mary Coleman (FS) 8-2
3. Daniela Dimas/Melissa Flowers (FS) def. Debora Correa/Jennifer Bradford (WS) 8-6
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