September 21, 2012

FSU Women's Tennis Opens ITA Regional Play

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team opened action in the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament on Friday (Sept. 21) at Jenison (Mich.) High School.

Due to rain, action was pushed indoors and affected the tournament schedule with several matches still taking place late Friday night and further results not available until Saturday.

The Bulldogs' lone first round winner in Flight A singles competition was senior Tabitha Simpson, who topped Katy Lehenbauer of William Jewell by a 6-3, 6-4 margin.  She later fell to Drury's (Mo.) Natalia Kozel in the round of 32 in a three-setter with scores of 6-4, 5-7 and 11-9.

FSU's Ana Jan lost her opening match in the round of 64 to Wayne State's Anne Li Briand by a 6-2, 6-2 count.  She came back to beat Regina Camberos of Ohio Dominican 6-1, 6-1 in first round consolation play.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' Sydnie Sine fell to Leah Dancz of Grand Valley State 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 64 as well while Laurence LeBlanc fell to Stefanie Monsch of Drury (Mo.) by a 6-2, 6-0 count in the opening round.  

LeBlanc bounced back to defeat Anita Girizd of Ohio Dominican 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the consolation round with Sine falling to Samanta Zambrano of ODU 6-4, 6-0.

In Flight B action, FSU's Julia Fusik dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to Jessica Koraleski of Rockhurst (Mo.) in the round of 32.  She picked up a default win in the Flight B consolation round, however.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' Janie Sell picked up a win by default in the first round of Flight B play before suffering a 7-6, 5-7, 10-8 setback to Andrea Ruiz of Ashalnd in the round of 16.  She later beat Jaimie Baker of William Jewell 6-2, 6-1 in Flight B consolation play.

The Bulldogs continue action in the ITA Regional Tournament on Saturday (Sept. 22) with the event wrapping up on Sunday (Sept. 23).



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