Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team opened action on Friday (Oct. 4) at the 2013 Warhawk/Panther Tennis Tournament in Whitewater, Wis.
Weather forced the competition indoors at three different locations on Friday with a majority of singles competition suspended until Saturday.
Seven teams are competing in the invitational, including four NCAA Division I institutions in Wisconsin-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois. Ferris State and Grand Valley State are also in the field along with host Wisconsin-Whitewater.
In doubles competition, the Bulldogs' top tandem of Ana Jan and Laurence LeBlanc dropped their opening match at the #1 doubles draw by an 8-3 count before coming back to win the consolation final with back-to-back victories.
The number two pairing of Gabby Demchenko and Janie Sell recorded a 1-2 mark at the #2 doubles draw as they picked up a win in consolation play after falling in the first round.
Finally, in #3 doubles draw action, the Bulldogs combination of Jessica Wilcox and Sydney Berens dropped a pair of 8-3 decisions. FSU's Rebecca Beloungea teamed up with Christina Alvarez of Northern Illinois and the duo won the consolation round as they came back for two wins after suffering a first-round loss.
The Bulldogs' Jan opened singles play and lost a 6-1, 6-0 decision in the first round at the #1 draw while LeBlanc fell 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 at two singles play. Meanwhile, Demchenko fell in a three-setter at the #3 draw with Wilcox falling in straight-sets at five singles.
FSU's Janie Sell was a first-round winner at the fourth flight draw with Berens claiming a round one win at the sixth flight and Beloungea picking up a triumph at the #7 singles draw.
All of the remaining singles competition will take place on Saturday with complete results available upon conclusion of the tournament.
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