1998-99 Women's Tennis Notes
Ferris captured the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional championship last
weekend with a 5-1 victory over Washburn, Kan. and a 5-3 win over top-seeded
Northern Colorado. The Bulldog have now qualified for the NCAA Division
II National Championships (May 13-16) in Pensacola, Florida. Ferris will
take a 30-4 record into the Nationals and is ranked 16th in NCAA Division
II by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Ferris State will compete in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships
(May 7-8) at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The Bulldogs, currently
28-4 overall and winners of both the GLIAC regular-season and tournament
titles, are the second seed and will open against third-seeded Washburn
on May 7. If Ferris wins its first match, the Bulldogs would advance to
the Midwest Regional Championship match on May 8. The winner of that match
will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships in Pensacola, Florida,
The Ferris State Bulldogs captured the 1998 Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship, defeating Grand Valley,
5-1, at the Midland Community Tennis Center. It was the 15th consecutive
GLIAC women's tennis title for Ferris.
In the championship match, Ferris swept the three singles matches
and posted wins in two of the three doubles bouts. At No. 2 singles, senior
Rachel Clanton posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Grand Valley's Erinn Katt,
while FSU junior Sharrie Kindig registered a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over
the Laker's Amanda Hartman at No. 4 singles. In the No. 6 singles match,
Bulldog sophomore Amy Tylutki posted a 7-5, 7-6 win over GV's Michelle
The No. 2 doubles match went to the Bulldogs, as Kindig
and freshman Jennifer Garvey posted an 8-2 win. At No. 3 doubles,
the FSU team of junior Anne Bentley and Tylutki enjoyed an
Ferris State head coach Ed Luck was named GLIAC "Coach of the
Year" and the Bulldog placed Clanton, Garvey, Kindig and Sarah
Spann on the All-GLIAC First Team. Bentley represents Ferris on the
All-GLIAC Second Team.
Ferris State looks to win its 15th consecutive league title when the Bulldogs
compete in the GLIAC Women's Tennis Tournament, October 22-24.
The Bulldogs completed the regular season undefeated at 12-0,
giving them a 126-match unbeaten streak in the league. The top challengers
to the Bulldogs include Grand Valley, which lost only once in league duals
this season, and Northwood, which suffered only two defeats in the conference.
Ferris has five individuals who were undefeated this year – Anne
Bentley at No. 5 singles (12-0), Rachel Clanton at No. 2 singles
(11-0), Sharrie Kindig at No. 4 singles (11-0), Amy Tylutki
primarily at No. 6 singles (8-0), and Ellen Frost primarily at No.
6 singles (6-0). The Bulldogs were 70-2 in conference singles matches this
season and 35-1 in GLIAC doubles matches.
The Bulldogs' three conference victories last weekend extended their GLIAC
dual match win streak to 123. FSU is 73-8 this fall in singles competition
and 38-3 in doubles.
FSU's 9-0 conference win at Grand Valley (Sept. 30) extended the Bulldogs'
GLIAC dual match winning streak to 120 consecutive triumphs. The league
victory string dates back 14 years to win over Northwood on Sept. 14, 1984.
Ferris extended its conference dual match winning streak to 115 with a
9-0 GLIAC victory over Saginaw Valley, Sept. 12. The streak dates back
to a Sept. 14, 1984 win over Northwood.