Ashland University's men's tennis team lost a nail-biter that came down to the final match on Friday (April 26) night against Ferris State in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships quarterfinal match.
The Bulldogs topped the Eagles, 4-3, but needed to mount a comeback in order to do so.
Ashland got off to a quick start, winning two of three doubles matches and its first singles match to take an early 2-0 advantage. The Eagles were only able to pick up one more win.
In doubles, the freshmen duo at No. 2, Stuart Brdicka and Colten Clark, rekindled their success in the fall and won a tight 7-5 match. At No. 3, freshmen Jordan Phelps and Tche Kun Teng also won their match, 6-3.
The Eagles were exactly where they wanted to be headed into singles play, only needing to win three of six matches to move on to the GLIAC semifinal.
Senior Stanislaw Grzeslo made quick work of Ferris State's Connor Douglas, a 6-0, 6-3 straight-sets win at No. 6 singles.
Also winning a match for AU was freshman Stuart Brdicka. Brdicka won a tough two-setter over Nur Adim Iswan, 6-3, 7-6.
The final and deciding point came down to No. 4 singles, where Phelps faced off with Mathis Guerro. He dropped the first set 6-3, then fought back to win the second 6-2. The third set was as close as they come, a 7-6 win in favor of the Bulldogs.
Ashland will play next on Saturday (April 27) against Lake Superior State in the fifth-place match at 3:45 p.m.