The Hillsdale College women's tennis team is getting closer to victory. But close wasn't quite close enough Saturday in Big Rapids.
In a match that featured three freshman singles starters, Hillsdale lost a hard-fought decision to Ferris State University 5-4, dropping the Chargers to 0-3 on the season. The team wraps up a grueling three-day road trip Sunday at GLIAC power Grand Valley State.
Hillsdale's depth in the singles flights was a positive, as sophomore Lindsay Peirce and freshman Jada Bissett won at No, 4 and 5 singles, respectively. It was the first career victory for Bissett, which came by a 7-6, 6-4 score. Peirce's win was by an identical margin.
Sisters Morgan and Sydney Delp were also victorious at No. 1 doubles, earning an 8-4 win. Sydney, the younger Delp, rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles for the Chargers.
Ferris State edged Hillsdale in three sets at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, while Charger freshman Amberley Bailey made a strong showing in her collegiate debut, losing a closely played 6-3, 7-5 decision at No. 6 singles.
Full results from the match can be found below.
Ferris State 5, Hillsdale College 4
Sep 14, 2013 at Big Rapids, Mich. (FSU Racquet & Fitness Center)
|1. Ana Jan (FS) def. Morgan Delp (HC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|2. Sydney Delp (HC) def. Laurence LeBlanc (FS) 6-4, 6-2|
|3. Gabrielle Demchenko (FS) def. Dana Grace Buck (HC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1|
|4. Lindsay Peirce (HC) def. Janie Sell (FS) 7-6, 6-4|
|5. Jada Bissett (HC) def. Julie Fusik (FS) 7-6, 6-4|
|6. Jessica Wilcox (FS) def. Amberley Bailey (HC) 6-3, 7-5|
|1. Morgan Delp/Sydney Delp (HC) def. Ana Jan/Janie Sell (FS) 8-4|
|2. Laurence LeBlanc/Julie Fusik (FS) def. Lindsay Peirce/Jada Bissett (HC) 8-2, 8-0|
|3. Gabrielle Demchenko/Sydney Berens (FS) def. Dana Grace Buck/Rachel Blaauw (HC) 8-4|
|Ferris State 3-2, 3-2 GLIAC|