FERRIS TENNIS TEAMS GARNER NCAA-II NATIONAL TOURNEY BIDS
Bulldog Menís & Womenís Teams To Hit Road For Regional Play
The Ferris State University men's and women's tennis teams have both been selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA Division II Championships. The 64 selected teams along with the 16 first and second-round regional sites were announced Thursday (April 26) by the NCAA-II Men's and Women's Tennis Committee.
Each of the following eight regions will conduct two first and second-round regional tournaments: East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, South, Great Lakes, Central, North Central and West. Both the Northwood and Drury (Mo.) men's and women's teams were selected to host Great Lakes Regional play. Sixteen men's and women's regional tournaments will be held with the winner of each advancing into the 16-team single-elimination national championship field slated for May 9-12 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Bulldog men's tennis team will compete in one of two NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournaments May 3-4 at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. FSU will square off against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opponent Grand Valley State on Thursday (May 3) at 3 p.m. (EDT). The other first-round match in the Northwood regional pits Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) member Rockhurst (Mo.) against the host Timberwolves starting at 1 p.m. (EDT) with the winners slated to meet Friday (May 4) in the final at 12 p.m. (EDT).
The FSU women's squad will also take part in the Northwood regional and will square off against Indianapolis in the first match of the day on Thursday (May 3) at 9 a.m. (EDT). The other women's match in the four-team NU regional features host Northwood against West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Champion West Liberty State (W.Va.) beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT). The women's regional final will be held Friday (May 4) at 10 a.m. (EDT).
All matches in the Northwood regional are slated to be held outside on-campus at NU's Gerstacker Tennis Center. The Midland Community Tennis Center will be used in the event of rain or inclement weather.
The selections of teams for the championship was based on prescribed criteria listed in the NCAA-II Men's and Women's Tennis Championships Handbook and approved by the NCAA-II Championships Committee.
The Ferris State men's team, presently 10-7 overall, will be making its 10th consecutive and 13th overall NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance. Last season (2006), FSU defeated Grand Valley State 5-1 in the regional first round (5/4) before falling to host Northwood in the regional final (5/5) at Midland, Mich. Ferris claimed its sixth consecutive regional title and ninth overall berth in the national finals round two years ago (2005) where FSU fell to West Florida (5/11) by a 5-1 count in the round of 16 at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Ferris State placed fifth overall at the 2007 GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament under interim head coach Tom Daglis last weekend (April 21-22) at the Midland Community Tennis Center.
The 11-10 Bulldog women's team will be making its 12th consecutive regional tournament appearance. Ferris State dropped a 5-1 decision at Drury (Mo.) in last year's opening round (5/5) of regional play at Springfield, Mo. FSU has earned five regional tournament championships in the last eight years to date and is making its 17th overall tournament bid. The Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA-II Championship round of 16 six times, including two years ago (2005) when they fell to Valdosta State (Ga.) 5-0 at Altamonte Springs. FSU is guided by second-year head coach Jing "Amy" Sun.
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