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Tennis Team Falls in Agonizing Fashion

Tennis Team Falls in Agonizing Fashion

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) 

Singles competition
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


Doubles competition
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


Match Notes
Ferris State 3-2, 3-2 GLIAC
T-3:30 A-50