Ferris men’s tennis team extends winning streak

BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State University men’s tennis squad ranks its winning streak with seven consecutive matches and a sharpened up for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road swing by defeating Wisconsin-Eau Claire 7-0 in non-league action on Sunday. FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked 19th nationally in the Most Recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) D2 National Rankings, climbed 14-2 overall this year and stayed home to finish at 8-0 in Big Rapids.

“Even if I set this match up to get some outdoor tennis in the lead up to that, we still have a solid indoor match,” FSU head coach Mark Doren said. “Eau Claire has a nice team and it’s been a great day. Keeping us up for a good day is going to be playing the rhythm every weekend.”

The Bulldogs opened the match with three doubles flights for the day, capturing both first and second flights with identical 7-5 margins to go with a 6-4 decision on three doubles.

All six singles flights also went to FSU and were straight-sets with Mathis Guerre, Jan Koupil, Yannic Alexander Mader, Benjamin Lortie, Alessandro Santangelo and Josh McDermott all pulling in wins. Six of the five were winners on the double-winners’ day with the Senior Ayush Deswal Replacing Mader.

This coming week, the Bulldogs visit the longtime tennis rival at the Midland Tennis Center for a 1 pm match Friday at Northwood. FSU will then face Detroit in the top 20 teams nationally in a showdown between 11th-ranked Wayne State on Saturday (April 16).

Presently, FSU enters the week atop the conference standings with 5-0 in league play followed by Wayne State at 4-0 followed by Grand Valley State (4-1) and Northwood (3-1) in the top half of the league.

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