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Lakers close out road trip with loss to Ferris State

Jenay Andrews

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Lake Superior State women's tennis team finished their weekend on the road with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup against the Ferris State Bulldogs.  The Lakers (1-8, 0-7 GLIAC) fell to the Bulldogs (3-2, 3-2 GLIAC) on Sunday, October 8th, by a 7-2 decision at the Ferris State Racquet and Fitness Center.

In the doubles portion, the Lakers number one pairing of junior Tara Harvey and senior Macarena Bielsa lost a slim 9-8 (3) decision to Nika Hein and Silvia Verebes.  Junior Allison Grandfield and freshman AlexiAnn Drouin likewise fell to Nicole Meylor and Lauren Lomax by an 8-5 score.  Finishing off the doubles portion were the Bulldogs' Teodora Stefanovic and Arien Kissinger defeating the Lakers' junior Jenay Andrews and senior Laura Valderrama 8-2, enabling Ferris State to sweep doubles.

Moving into the singles competition, Lake Superior claimed a victory in the number one singles slot, as Drouin's opponent, Hein, retired.  Drouin led 6-0, 4-1 at that point.

In the middle of the order, the Lakers were unable to gain any ground on the Bulldogs, as Harvey was downed by Verebes, one of her opponents in doubles, 6-2 and 6-1.  Bielsa fell to Meylor 6-1 and 6-3 in number three singles, FSU's Lomax droped LSSU's Valderrama 6-1, 6-0 at the number four spot and Grandfield was defeated by Kissinger 6-1 and 6-3.

Finishing up the day for the Lakers, Andrews won against Adriana Fabrizio 6-1, 6-4 to claim the final point of the day for Lake Superior.

The Lakers will play their final three matches of the season at home within the confines of the Arbuckle Student Activities Center.  This weekend, they will face the GLIAC's two new members, the Purdue Northwest Pride and the Davenport Panthers.  The Pride (5-5, 0-5 GLIAC) will come in after a non-conference match against Bethel (Ind.) on Monday, October 9th, and will face the Lakers on Saturday, October 14th at 10 a.m.  Davenport (1-4, 1-4 GLIAC) will come to Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday, October 15th.