Women's Tennis Battles Back For Home Win

Senior Natalie Diorio and the Bulldogs topped LSSU
Senior Natalie Diorio and the Bulldogs topped LSSU

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team battled back to record a thrilling 5-4 win over Lake Superior State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Thursday (Sept. 22) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs trailed the visiting Lakers 2-1 after the doubles round, but came back to win four of the six singles flights to take the victory.

"Melissa Flowers had a key come from behind win to keep our hopes alive," said FSU head coach Alex Palladino.

Flowers fought back to win the number three singles position in three sets. After dropping the initial frame 6-4, she came back to claim the second and third sets by scores of 6-3 and 7-5, respectively.

The Bulldogs also received singles wins from Ana Jan at the number one position along with Laurence LeBlanc at the fifth flight and Mary Coleman in the number six spot.  All three were straight-set winners.

In doubles play, the tandem of LeBlanc and Coleman registered an 8-1 win at the third flight.

Ferris State improved to 5-2 both overall and in league play with the triumph while LSSU suffered only its second loss of the year in falling to 7-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

FSU will host Michigan Tech on Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 10 a.m. (ET) league home encounter at the Racquet and Fitness Center.

Below are the complete match results:

Ferris State 5, Lake Superior State 4
Sep 22, 2011 at Big Rapids, Mich. (FSU Racquet & Fitness Center)

Singles competition
1. Ana Jan (FS) def. Adrienne DiVito (LS) 6-4, 6-2
2. Erin Anderson-Scott (LS) def. Tabitha Simpson (FS) 6-2, 6-4
3. Melissa Flowers (FS) def. Tess Marton (LS) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Kaitlynn Hutchinson (LS) def. Natalie Diorio (FS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Laurence LeBlanc (FS) def. Holly Daniel (LS) 6-3, 6-4
6. Mary Coleman (FS) def. Meagan Grey (LS) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Adrienne DiVito/Tess Marton (LS) def. Ana Jan/Melissa Flowers (FS) 8-5
2. Erin Anderson-Scott/Kaitlynn Hutchinson (LS) def. Natalie Diorio/Tabitha Simpson (FS) 8-4
3. Laurence LeBlanc/Mary Coleman (FS) def. Holly Daniel/Teodora Gavric (LS) 8-1