Ferris State Drops Regional Showdown Of Ranked Teams To Indianapolis In Spring Tennis Opener


Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's tennis squad dropped its spring opener on Saturday (Feb. 3) as the Bulldogs suffered a 9-0 setback to the University of Indianapolis in a Midwest Region showdown at the UIndy Tennis Center in Indianapolis.

The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Daniel Hangstefer, fell behind early and could not overcome the Greyhounds as Indianapolis pulled off the sweep.

UIndy took an early 3-0 lead as the Greyhounds took all three doubles flights, which included a 9-7 victory at the number one flight where Dario Huber and Renato Lima paired up to beat FSU's Steward Sell and Nur Adim Ramdani Iswan. The tandem of Magnus Mueller and Christoph Drechsler topped the Bulldogs' Daniel Bennett and Austin DeBruyne 8-2 at the second flight with UIndy's Matej Kostadinov and Nils Hoffacker pairing for an 8-4 win at the third flight.

The Greyhounds then proceeded to capture all six singles flights in the victory versus FSU. Four of the six wins came in straight-sets while two others were determined in a third-set tiebreaker.

Ferris State entered the contest ranked third in the Oracle/ITA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings along with 25th in the national listing. Meanwhile, Indianapolis was the top-ranked team in the region in the most recent rankings and was also tabbed 12th in the country.

The Bulldogs will play their first home match of the spring on Sunday, Feb. 11, versus Northwestern Ohio at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center starting at 10 a.m. (ET).