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FERRIS MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS CLAIM ALL-GLIAC KUDOS

Four Bulldog Student-Athletes Among All-Conference Honorees

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Four Ferris State University men's tennis players received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for the 2006-07 campaign in an announcement made today (April 24) by the league office. The awards were presented in conjunction with the league's annual postseason tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday (April 21-22) at the Midland (Mich.) Community Tennis Center.

Akshay Chellappa
Junior Akshay Chellappa was an All-GLIAC First Team pick this year
Junior Akshay Chellappa (Mumbay, India) earned All-GLIAC First Team honors while junior Bryan Karazia (Livonia, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) received second-team kudos. Additionally, FSU freshman Brian Anderson (Barrington, Ill.) and senior Kevin Brundle (Grand Blanc) were chosen as honorable mention selections.

Northwood's Teddy Mebounou claimed GLIAC Player of the Year laurels, Antoine Marenaud of Wayne State earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors and Northwood's Zane Colestock garnered GLIAC Coach of the Year recognition.

The league’s eight head coaches participated in the balloting process. Nine student-athletes were named to both the first and second-team squads while five others tallied honorable mention laurels.

The 5-7 Chellappa, who's currently ranked fifth in the latest (April 6) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Singles Rankings, has posted a 14-6 overall singles mark to date this campaign. In addition, he's also presently recorded a 16-6 doubles ledger in his initial Bulldog season this year. Chellappa and junior Corey Banghart (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) are 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.

Karazia is currently 5-11 overall in singles play along with 8-9 in doubles action during the 2006-07 season. The 5-7 Karazia previously compiled 11-10 singles and 13-10 doubles records for the Bulldogs in 2005-06 before moving up to the second spot in the lineup this year. Karazia compiled a 2-3 GLIAC singles record this campaign, but was 3-1 in conference doubles action.

Anderson won both four of his seven league singles and doubles encounters in his first season with the Bulldogs. The 6-1 Anderson currently maintains a 6-9 overall singles record this year and is 9-8 to date in doubles play. Anderson has won his last two doubles tilts this season.

Finally, the 5-11 Brundle presently is 11-8 in singles competition and holds a 14-5 doubles record this year. The only senior on the Bulldog roster, Brundle owns career marks of 18-15 (singles) and 27-15 (doubles) at Ferris State. Brundle was 5-2 in GLIAC singles play and teamed with junior Jeremiah DeJose (Detroit, Mich./Ortonville-Brandon) to record a team-leading 6-1 conference doubles record this campaign. The duo presently holds a six-match winning streak and has won eight of their last 10 decisions.

Ferris State, which is ranked third in the latest (April 6) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings, placed fifth overall at the GLIAC Tournament this season under interim head coach Tom Daglis. The Bulldogs, who are presently 10-7 overall this season, hope to receive a bid to compete in the NCAA Division II Championships slated to be held May 3-5 at campus sites when the official announcement is made later this week.

The Bulldog men’s tennis team made its 12th all-time tournament bid during the 2005-06 season.

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