The Hillsdale College men's tennis team keeps ascending.
The Chargers, already off to their best start in program history, marked another first Sunday afternoon in defeating #22 Ferris State 4-3 in a big regional matchup at the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center. Hillsdale moves to 5-0 on the season with the win.
This victory also marked the first-ever over a nationally ranked opponent for the Chargers since their program was reinstituted in the Fall of 2015.
Once again, the Nos. 4-6 singles flights provided outstanding play for Hillsdale that paved the way to this win.
Ferris State took the doubles point by winning the Nos. 1-2 flights. Brian Hackman and Julien Clouette teamed up for a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles and their strong play carried over into singles competition.
Hackman stepped in at the No. 4 singles spot and performed very well in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory. Clouette notched a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles, while Gabe Katz picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.
But the match of the day came in the No. 1 singles flight, where junior Charlie Adams won a dramatic match 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 to clinch the win for Hillsdale. Adams is 5-0 in singles play this year, but no win was more challenging, or gratifying, than this one that gave his team its first-ever win over GLIAC foe Ferris State.
The win also wraps up a perfect 2-0 weekend where the Chargers notched wins over a pair of programs from the GLIAC, its former conference.
PHOTO: Victoria Addis