Women's Tennis Opens Season At Home

Sophomore Tabitha Simpson & the Bulldogs open the season on Friday
Sophomore Tabitha Simpson & the Bulldogs open the season on Friday

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team will open the 2010-11 campaign at home on Friday (Sept. 3) with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match against Saginaw Valley State.

Friday's match is scheduled to begin with doubles play at 11:30 a.m. (ET).  Singles competition will follow beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. (ET).

Additionally, the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center will be hosting an "open house" after the team match from 3 to 5 p.m.  Interested persons are invited to hit around and enjoy snacks with no advance registration required.

Ferris will also host the 2010 FSU Campus Tennis Tournament, which begins on Friday afternoon (starting at 4 p.m.) and runs until Sunday afternoon. The tournament is open to all male and female students with prizes awarded to all event champions. 

The $25 entry fee serves as a team fundraiser and covers both singles and doubles events. Those without a doubles partner will also be paired up. The registration deadline is noon on Thursday.

The Bulldog women's tennis team wrapped up the 2009-10 season with a 12-9 overall record and finished 5-4 in the GLIAC's regular-season before placing fifth at the league's women's tennis tournament.  The Ferris women's team also made its first NCAA regional tournament appearance since 2007 last campaign.

Fourth-year head coach Alex Palladino returns nine of his top 10 women's players from a season ago, including the team's three-year number one player Amy Ingle, who figures to receive a strong push for the top spot this fall from incoming Romania senior transfer Alina Stanila.  She compiled a 27-8 overall singles record last season for California (Pa.), which reached the NCAA-II National Quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs will have a veteran lineup with three seniors and five juniors on the current roster in addition to sophomore Tabitha Simpson, who was a regular in the lineup as a true freshman last year.  The bulk of FSU's lineup has been together the last two or three seasons.

Friday's match is one of five scheduled home matches this fall for the Bulldogs at the Racquet and Fitness Center.  FSU will play 11 conference regular-season tilts with the 2010 GLIAC Tournament set for Oct. 22-24 in Midland, Mich.