FERRIS ANNOUNCES 2006-07 MEN'S TENNIS AWARD WINNERS
Junior Akshay Chellappa Picks Up Team Most Valuable Player Accolades
Junior Akshay Chellappa (Mumbay, India) has been chosen as the 2006-07 Ferris State University men's tennis team's Most Valuable Player Award recipient in an announcement made Tuesday (May 29) by interim head coach Tom Daglis.
Chellappa earned 2007 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team honors this campaign. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the program's 10th consecutive and 13th overall NCAA-II Tournament appearance this season as FSU compiled an 11-8 overall record.
The 5-7 Chellappa, who was ranked sixth in the final (May 23) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Singles Rankings, posted a 15-6 overall singles mark in his initial Bulldog campaign. In addition, he recorded a 17-7 doubles ledger this year. Chellappa and junior Corey Banghart (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) concluded the year ranked sixth regionally in doubles play. Chellappa won five of his seven GLIAC singles matches and finished with a 4-3 league regular-season doubles record this year. Additionally, he recorded a cumulative 10-1 combined singles and doubles record in individual tournament competition during the fall campaign after transferring from Lander (S.C.) University.
|Junior Akshay Chellappa was honored as FSU's Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 campaign
The Most Improved Player Award for the men's squad was presented to Corey Banghart. The 5-9 Banghart notched a 7-8 overall singles record in 2006-07. He was 2-2 overall in conference singles action this campaign. Banghart, who posted a 14-4 overall mark in doubles matches this year, emerged victorious in four of his last six doubles outings. He teamed up with Akshay Chellappa to record a 10-3 mark in number one doubles play this year as the duo won three of four league encounters. Banghart holds current career records of 20-17 (singles) and 15-7 (doubles) in his two years at FSU to date.
Finally, the Team Leadership Award was presented to senior captain Kevin Brundle (Grand Blanc), who earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention accolades in his final season at Ferris State. The 5-11 Brundle tallied a 12-8 ledger in singles competition and was 14-7 in doubles play this year. The only senior on the Bulldog roster, Brundle finished with career marks of 19-15 (singles) and 27-17 (doubles) at Ferris. Brundle was 5-2 in GLIAC singles play and teamed with junior Jeremiah DeJose (Detroit/Ortonville-Brandon) to record a team-leading 6-1 conference doubles record this campaign. The duo won six of their last eight decisions this season.
Daglis guided the Bulldogs to a fourth place GLIAC finish this season as the squad registered a 4-3 league mark. The Bulldogs reached the second round of the national tournament before suffering a 5-0 loss to rival Northwood in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (May 3-4) at NU's Gerstacker Tennis Center in Midland, Mich. FSU was listed third in the final (May 23) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).