Men's Tennis

2001 Notebag

June 14

Ferris State University men's tennis players Nick Bergman and Martin Krbec have been named to the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Tennis All-Academic Team.

To be eligible to receive conference recognition, players had to be a major contributor during the season and post a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

A senior, Bergman posted a 3.08 average in FSU's Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program.  He compiled a 1-2 mark in singles action and was 2-1 in doubles play during the 2001 campaign.

A three-time GLIAC All-Academic pick, Krbec earned a 3.06 gpa in the PTM program. He was 16-7 in singles action and 28-4 in doubles play during his final campaign. He was named to the 2001 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Team and was a first-team All-GLIAC selection. Krbec also received the 2001 Midwest Region Tennis Magazine/ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership at the NCAA Division II Championships (May 10-13) in Pensacola, Fla.

The FSU men finished the 2000-01 season with a 20-7 mark. The Bulldogs were ranked third in the Midwest Region and 17th overall in the final WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings.


June 4

FSU Tandem Earns All-America Honors

Ferris State University men's tennis players Martin Krbec and Jan Talian have been named to the 2001 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II All-America Team.

Talian and Krbec compiled a 22-4 mark at the No. 1 doubles flight during the 2000-01 campaign and were ranked first overall in the final WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis National Rankings administered by the ITA. Both players earned doubles recognition on the All-America list for the second-consecutive season.

The top 10 teams and the top 20 singles players in the final national rankings earned All-America honors. Talian and Krbec were among 32 men's athletes earning singles or doubles team recognition.

A four-year letterwinner, Krbec helped lead the Bulldogs to their second-consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in his final campaign. He was presented the 2001 Midwest Region Tennis Magazine/ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship at the national tournament in Pensacola, Fla., and was a first-team 2001 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honoree. Krbec was 16-7 overall in singles play and 28-4 in doubles action during the 2000-01 season.

Talian, a sophomore, registered a 25-7 record at the No. 1 singles position and was 30-5 in doubles play during the 2000-01 campaign. A 2000 ITA singles and doubles All-America selection, Talian was ranked 24th nationally in the final 2001 singles rankings and was fifth overall in the Midwest Region. He was also a first-team 2001 All-GLIAC pick.

Besides guiding FSU to its second-straight national tournament berth, Talian and Krbec teamed with FSU women's tennis players Jennifer Garvey and Barbora Jilkova to win the inaugural NCAA Division II World Team Tennis Championship (Feb. 9-10) in Claremont, Calif.

During the 1999-2000 season, Talian and Krbec compiled a 42-4 doubles record and won the national doubles championship at the 1999 Rolex "Superbowl" of Small College Tennis in Memphis, Tenn.

Ferris State finished the 2001 campaign with a 20-7 overall record and placed second at the GLIAC Tournament in Midland, Mich. (April 21). FSU was ranked 17th in the final national rankings and finished third in the Midwest Region under third-year head coach Paul Marcum.


June 4

Bulldogs Ranked 17th In Final Poll

The Ferris State University men's tennis team placed 17th overall in the final 2001 WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, which are administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Bulldog men finished the 2000-01 season with a 20-7 mark and reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the second consecutive season.

The men's doubles tandem of Jan Talian and Martin Krbec placed first overall in both the final national doubles rankings and the Midwest Regional rankings. The duo earned 2001 ITA All-America doubles honors by placing among the top 10 teams in the final rankings.  In singles action, Talian was ranked 24th overall on the final national list and was fifth in the Midwest Region.

FSU finished third overall in the regional rankings. The Bulldog men placed behind Drury (Mo.) and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Northwood.

Freshman Francisco Valencia finished the 2001 campaign ranked 15th overall in the men's regional poll. Krbec completed his final campaign ranked 17th in the region. The doubles tandem of Matt Cole and Valencia was ranked 13th in the final poll while the senior tandem of Anthony Kountouris and Robbie Todd was 24th.

Ferris State was eliminated from the national tournament in the opening round on May 10.


May 10

Bulldogs Fall In Opening Round

The Ferris State University men's tennis team fell in the opening round of the single-elimination NCAA Division II Tennis Championships on Thursday (May 10) in Pensacola, Fla.

The 17th-ranked Bulldogs lost for the second time this season against third-ranked Valdosta State (Ga.) by a score of 5-1 at Pace High School. The Blazers won two of three doubles matches and captured all five completed singles matches to notch the win. Although eight matches finished, Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rules stipulate the match officially ends when one team reaches five points.

FSU, which concluded the 2001 campaign with a 20-7 overall mark, recorded a victory at No. 1 doubles as the nation's top-ranked tandem of Jan Talian (Pisek, Czech Republic) and Martin Krbec (Prague, Czech Republic) defeated Marco Borges and David Olave 8-3.

The Ferris State men's team lost in the first round for the second-straight season after being ousted by Florida Southern last season.  Overall, the Ferris State men have reached the NCAA Championship round five times since the dual match format began in 1983. The highest finish by a Bulldog men's tennis team was fifth in 1988.

Ferris State advanced to the national tournament by claiming the Midwest Regional championship last weekend (May 4-5) with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Incarnate Word (Tex.) at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind.


May 10

Krbec Presented Midwest Region Tennis Award

Ferris State University senior Martin Krbec has been awarded the Midwest Region Tennis Magazine/ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship in an announcement released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

A four-year letterwinner, Krbec helped lead the Bulldogs to their second-straight Midwest Regional title last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. He was presented the award Wednesday evening (May 9) at a banquet held in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis National Championships in Pensacola, Fla.

A 2000 ITA doubles All-American, Krbec has compiled a 16-7 mark at the No. 3 singles flight this season. He and sophomore Jan Talian are ranked first nationally in doubles play with a 21-4 record at the No. 1 spot.

In four seasons, Krbec is 103-26 in singles play and 122-27 in doubles action at Ferris State. A first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honoree this season, Krbec was part of a four-member squad which won the inaugural NCAA Division II World Team Tennis Championship in early February in Claremont, Calif.

A year ago, Krbec posted a 30-4 singles mark and was 42-4 at the top doubles flight. He and Talian claimed the national doubles championship at the 1999 Rolex "Superbowl" of Small College Tennis in Memphis, Tenn.

As the Midwest regional champion, Ferris State will take part in the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis National Championships to be held Thursday through Sunday at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs will face third-ranked Valdosta State (Ga.) in the opening round of the national tournament on Thursday (May 10) at 10:30 a.m. (EST) at Pace High School in Pensacola.

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May 7

FSU To Face Valdosta State In Opening Round

The Ferris State University men's tennis team will face third-seeded Valdosta State (Ga.) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II National Championships on Thursday (May 10) in Pensacola, Fla.

The 17th-ranked Bulldogs will battle Valdosta State for the second time this season at 10:30 a.m. at Pace High School in Pensacola. The third-ranked Blazers beat FSU 5-4 on March 6 in Valdosta and won the South Regional title with a 5-1 victory against South Carolina-Aiken this past weekend. FSU won two of three doubles matches in the previous meeting with Valdosta before falling in its first outdoor match of the season on an extended spring break trip to the South.

With a win, the Bulldog men's squad would face either Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Northwood or sixth-ranked Rollins (Fla.) on Friday at 10 a.m.

The Ferris State men's team claimed the Midwest Regional championship this past weekend (May 4-5) to advance to the national tournament. The Bulldogs won their second-consecutive regional title with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Incarnate Word (Tex.) on Saturday at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind. FSU, 20-6 overall, advanced to the championship match of the regional tournament with a 5-0 victory over fourth-seeded Indianapolis on Friday.

The 16-team NCAA Division II National Championships will be held Thursday through Sunday at three sites in Pensacola. Both the men's and women's national championship matches are slated for Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Bulldog men will take part in the national tournament for the second-straight season. A year ago, the FSU men lost to Florida Southern in the opening round in Pensacola.

Overall, the Ferris State men have reached the NCAA Championship round five times since the dual match format began in 1983. The highest finish by a Bulldog men's tennis team was fifth in 1988.


May 5

Bulldogs Advance to National Tournament

The Ferris State University men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships by winning its regional title Saturday (May 5). The 17th-ranked Bulldogs won their second-consecutive regional championship with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Incarnate Word (Tex.) at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind. FSU, 20-6 overall, advanced to the championship match of the regional tournament with a 5-0 victory over fourth-seeded Indianapolis on Friday (May 4).

Against Incarnate Word, Ferris State swept the doubles round and notched a pair of singles victories. Senior Anthony Kountouris beat Morten Sogaard 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot and senior Robbie Todd defeated Devin Wilke 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 position to clinch the win.

The 16-team NCAA Division II National Championships will be held May 10-13 at West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. The Bulldogs will take part for the second-straight season. Last year, Ferris lost to Florida Southern in the opening round in Pensacola.


May 4

The Ferris State University men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional finals with a 5-0 win today (May 4) over fourth-seeded Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

The top-seeded Bulldogs won all three doubles matches and captured two singles matches to notch the win. FSU, 19-6 overall and ranked 17th nationally, will face No. 2 seed Incarnate Word (Tex.) on Saturday (May 5) at 2:30 p.m. in Indianapolis for the regional title and a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship field. The national tournament will be held May 10-13 in Pensacola, Fla.


May 2

Bulldogs Beat Kalamazoo College In Regional Tuneup

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad earned its 18th win of the season on Tuesday (May 1) with a 4-3 victory over Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The NCAA Division II No. 17-ranked Bulldogs bounced back to win four singles matches after losing two of three matches in the doubles round. The battle with Kalamazoo was the final regular season match for Ferris State. FSU is the top seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament and will face Indinapolis on Friday (May 4) in the opening round of the single-elimination regional tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.

"It was a great match," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We lost the doubles point, but won four singles matches to clinch the win." Senior Martin Krbec did not participate in the match. Top player Jan Talian picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kyle Harding at the top spot. Freshman Francisco Valencia, junior Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd also scored singles wins.

In the doubles round, the No. 2 tandem of Valencia and Todd beat Frank Ruiz and Toby Ernst by a score of 8-6. The three doubles matches counted as a single point in the team score.

"The score was knotted at three and Matt Cole was able to clinch the win for us," Marcum said.

FSU, 18-6 overall, finished second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on April 21 in Midland, Mich. The Bulldogs are ranked third overall in the Midwest Region heading into regional action this weekend.


April 25

FSU Earns Fourth-Straight Regional Tennis Bid

For the fourth-consecutive season, the Ferris State University men's tennis team has received a bid to play in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships.

The 17th-ranked Bulldogs will face the University of Indianapolis on May 4 in the opening round of the single-elimination regional tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. FSU, 17-6 overall, is the top-seeded squad in the four-team regional field, with Indianapolis seeded fourth. In the other opening round match, No. 2 seed Incarnate Word (Tex.) will face third-seeded Rockhurst (Mo.). The two winners will square off on May 5 with the winner earning a berth in the 16-team NCAA Division II National Championship field.

Sixteen regional tournaments will be played to determine the 16-team national championship field. The South region will conduct six regional tournaments, the Midwest five regional tournaments, the East three regional tournaments and the West two regional tournaments.  Each regional tournament will determine one berth. The NCAA Division II National Championships are slated for May 10-13 at West Florida in Pensacola, Fla.

Ferris State was one of two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools selected to participate in the five Midwest Regional fields. GLIAC Champion Northwood is a No. 1 seed and will battle St. Cloud State on May 4 at Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.  The Timberwolves edged FSU by a score of 5-3 this past weekend in the conference title match in Midland, Mich.

Entering the regional round, Ferris State is the third-ranked team in the Midwest Region. Drury (Mo.) is ranked first in both the regional and national polls.  Northwood is second in the region and ranked 14th nationally. The FSU doubles tandem of Jan Talian and Martin Krbec is the top-ranked team in the nation.  Talian is ranked second on the regional singles list.

Besides Indianapolis and Central Oklahoma, three other schools will play host to Midwest regional tournaments.  They include Abilene Christian (Tex.), Cameron (Tex.) and Drury.

A year ago, the Bulldogs captured the regional tournament title under head coach Paul Marcum in Springfield, Mo. At the NCAA Division II National Championships, the squad fell in the opening round to Florida Southern in Pensacola, Fla.


April 23

All Six FSU Starters Earn Conference Recognition

All six Ferris State University men's tennis starters have earned 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for their outstanding performances this past season.

Sophomore Jan Talian, freshman Francisco Valencia and senior Martin Krbec were named first-team All-GLIAC selections this past weekend at the GLIAC Tournament in Midland, Mich. Nine players from the nine conference schools were named to the first-team.  Ferris State was the only school to have three first-team selections.

Senior Anthony Kountouris was a second-team all-conference pick. Junior Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd were honorable mention All-GLIAC honorees.

The Bulldogs fell to archrival Northwood in the conference championship match for the second-straight season on Saturday (April 21) by a score of 5-3 at the Midland Tennis Center. Despite the loss, FSU was the only school to have all six players represented on the all-conference lists.

Ferris State advanced to the championship match with a pair of wins on Friday. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Findlay (Ohio) 5-0 in opening-round action and handled third-seeded Wayne State 5-0 in the semifinal round.

With the loss, Ferris State fell to 17-6 overall.  The Bulldogs are slated to visit Kalamazoo College on May 1 at 3 p.m. before taking part in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional May 4-6.


April 21

FSU Falls In GLIAC Championship Match Against Northwood

Despite taking a 2-1 advantage in the doubles round, the Ferris State University men's tennis team fell to archrival Northwood in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship match for the second-straight season on Saturday (April 21) by a score of 5-3 at the Midland Tennis Center in Midland, Mich.

The loss was the fourth-straight for FSU against the 14th-ranked Timberwolves. The Bulldogs have now lost five of their past six meetings with Northwood. A year ago, Northwood claimed the GLIAC championship with a 6-3 win over Ferris State.

In the 2001 championship match, Ferris State managed only one singles victory after winning two of three doubles matches. Senior Anthony Kountouris was the lone singles winner as he scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over James Gorin.

Top player Jan Talian fell to Markus Kaempfer 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Francisco Valencia lost to Oskars Vaskis 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 at the second slot and senior Martin Krbec dropped a 7-5, 7-5 decision against Sebastian Lotz in No. 3 singles action.

Junior Matt Cole was defeated by Michael Jezt 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the No. 5 singles position.  Senior Robbie Todd and Fredrik Anderson of Northwood did not finish their match at the No. 6 singles spot.

The nation's top-ranked doubles tandem of Talian and Krbec beat Kaempfer and Vaskis 8-2 at the No. 1 doubles spot. Valencia and Cole defeated Gorin and Jezt 8-2 at the second position. At No. 3 doubles, Kountouris and Todd fell to Lotz and Anderson by a score of 8-2.

Ferris State advanced to the championship match with a pair of wins on Friday. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Findlay (Ohio) 5-0 in opening-round action and handled third-seeded Wayne State 5-0 in the semifinal round.

With the loss, Ferris State falls to 17-6 overall.  The Bulldogs are slated to visit Kalamazoo College on May 1 at 3 p.m. before taking part in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional May 4-6.


April 16

FSU Tandem Ranked No. 1 In National Rankings

The Ferris State University doubles tandem of Jan Talian and Martin Krbec is the top-ranked team in the nation, according to the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings which are administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Talian and Krbec won four-consecutive matches this past weekend at the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament to improve to 16-4 overall at the No. 1 position. The duo captured the NCAA Division II National Doubles Championship at the Rolex "Superbowl" of Small College Tennis in the fall of 1999 in Memphis, Tenn. They were also ranked No. 1 during the spring of 2000.

In addition to being ranked at the top of the doubles list, Talian is also the ninth-ranked singles player at the Division II level with a 22-5 mark. Freshman Francisco Valencia is ranked 38th on the singles chart and is 11-7 overall.

The Bulldog men are 15-5 and ranked 17th in the Division II poll entering the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on Friday (April 20) in Midland, Mich.

In the Midwest Regional rankings, FSU is third behind Drury (Mo.) and Northwood. Talian is ranked second in the regional singles ratings, Valencia is eighth and Krbec is 12th. Senior Anthony Kountouris is No. 21 on the regional list. In addition to Talian and Krbec being ranked first, Kountouris and senior Robbie Todd are ranked 14th in the regional doubles rankings and have won 11-straight matches at the No. 3 position for Ferris State.

The next rankings will be released on April 26.


April 15

FSU Wins Four Matches In Oklahoma Tournament

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad won four matches and finished unbeaten this past weekend at the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament in Edmond, Okla.

The Bulldogs rallied to beat NCAA Division II No. 21-ranked Midwestern State (Tex.) on Saturday (April 14) by a score of 5-4 at the Kickingbird Tennis Club in Edmond. Despite the impressive win and a 4-0 mark in the eighth annual tournament, coach Paul Marcum was disappointed his squad didn't get a chance to face No. 1-ranked Drury (Mo.) in the final day of action.

"We were unbeaten on this trip, but the No. 1 team avoided playing us," he said. "So, mentally, it was hard going into this match. It was a pretty tough match under difficult circumstances."

Senior Robbie Todd clinched the victory with an emotional 7-6, 4-6, 10-9 win over Victor Vidal in the final match of the day at the No. 6 singles slot.

In doubles action, the top tandem of Jan Talian and Martin Krbec beat Todd Petty and Michael McCarty 8-2. FSU also scored an 8-6 win at the third flight as Anthony Kountouris and Todd beat Brad Williams and Vidal 8-6. In singles play, Talian and junior Matt Cole also added victories. Four of the six singles matches went three sets.

"I am so glad we won this, but upset we didn't get a chance to play Drury," Marcum said.

The 17th-ranked Bulldog men defeated St. Edward's (Tex.) 5-0 and Cameron (Okla.) 5-0 in Friday action at Oak Tree Country Club. On Thursday, FSU toppled Mankato State (Minn.) by a score of 5-0. The tournament featured 31 different teams from eight states and was held at eight sites in the Oklahoma City area.

The Ferris State men are 15-5 overall and will take part in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships April 20-21 in Midland, Mich.


April 14

FSU Unbeaten at Central Oklahoma Tournament

The Ferris State University men's tennis team is 3-0 after two days of action at the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament in Edmond, Okla.

The 17th-ranked Bulldog men defeated St. Edward's (Tex.) 5-0 and Cameron (Okla.) 5-0 in Friday action at Oak Tree Country Club. On Thursday, FSU toppled Mankato State (Minn.) by a score of 5-0. Ferris State is the third seed in the men's tournament.

Pairings for Saturday will be determined later this evening. The eighth annual tournament features 31 different teams from eight states. Action is being held at eight sites in the Oklahoma City area.  The Ferris State men are 14-5 overall.


 

April 11

Bulldogs Drop Grand Valley In Final Home Match

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad shutout archrival Grand Valley State by a score of 9-0 on Tuesday (April 10) afternoon in its final home match of the season at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the doubles round and cruised to the victory. Sophomore Jan Talian and freshman Francisco Valencia teamed up to post their seventh-straight win at the top spot with an 8-1 decision against Weston Fairchild and Desmond Early. Senior Martin Krbec and junior Matt Cole beat Adam Jasick and Kyle Purdy 8-0 at the second flight. At the No. 3 slot, Anthony Kountouris and Robbie Todd improved to 12-7 overall with an 8-2 win over Chris Penzien and Keith Dailey.

"This was the best overall team performance for us in the last few weeks," head coach Paul Marcum said. "It was a dominating performance."

In singles action, Talian scored a 6-2, 6-1 win against Fairchild at the No. 1 spot. Valencia beat Early 6-4, 6-0 at the second position and Krbec toppled Penzien 6-1, 6-1 at the third spot. Kountouris, Cole and Todd also picked up singles wins in the victory.

"We are starting to peak," Marcum said. "We all smell the Oklahoma trip and we are ready to go."

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 17 in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. FSU is slated to take part in the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament April 11-14 in Edmond, Okla. Ferris closed its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular season action with a 7-1 mark. The GLIAC Tournament is April 20-21 in Midland, Mich.


April 9

FSU Wins Three Important Weekend Matches

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad posted impressive results in three weekend matches as the Bulldogs improved to 10-5 overall.

On Saturday, the 17th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Lake Superior State by a score of 9-0 in a morning match at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. After a long afternoon drive, FSU bounced back to beat North Central Conference (NCC) power St. Cloud State 9-0 in a non-conference match in Houghton, Mich. Ferris State concluded the weekend with a 9-0 win at Michigan Tech on Sunday morning.

"We played well and fought hard," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We realize teams are out to get us, but we are coming through."

With the three weekend victories, the Bulldogs have now won six-straight matches. FSU is 6-1 in conference action and has won four matches in the past five days.

"We've had solid singles play against good players," Marcum said. "Our doubles play has been good and we've been very consistent."

On Saturday, the Bulldogs dropped only one set against Lake Superior State and St. Cloud State. Freshman Francisco Valencia fell behind at the No. 2 singles slot against Todd Bishop of St. Cloud State before rallying to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-1.

"St. Cloud State was a good team," Marcum said. "We were pushed at both No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, but were able to pull it out."

In singles action, top player Jan Talian, senior Martin Krbec, senior Anthony Kountouris, junior Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd won all three weekend matches in straight-sets.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Talian and Valencia improved to 6-0 with three victories. The team of Krbec and Cole is 5-0 at the second slot since Marcum revamped the Bulldog lineup two weeks ago. Kountouris and Todd have won six-straight matches at the No. 3 doubles spot and are 11-7 this season.

Ferris State will host Grand Valley State on Tuesday (April 10) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids at 3 p.m. It is the final home match for Ferris State this season. FSU will take part in the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament April 11-14 in Edmond, Okla.


April 5

FSU Wins Without Krbec In GLIAC Match

Despite the loss of senior Martin Krbec, the Ferris State University men's tennis team defeated Wayne State by a score of 8-1 on Wednesday (April 4) at the Matthaei Tennis Complex in Detroit, Mich.

Head coach Paul Marcum rested the 33-year-old senior as the Bulldogs are slated to play three grueling weekend matches in the Upper Peninsula. Without Krbec, the NCAA Division II No. 17-ranked Bulldogs won all three doubles matches and captured five of six singles matches to improve to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. Wayne State fell to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Against the Warriors, sophomore Jan Talian and freshman Francisco Valencia keyed the victory. Talian scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rohan Singh at the top spot while Valencia pulled out a 6-3, 6-1 win over Mike Davis at the second position. The duo teamed up to beat Davis and Mick Pontus 8-2 at the top doubles flight.

"Jan and Francisco really led the way in the singles round," Marcum said. "Overall, we played consistent and smart outdoor tennis against Wayne State."

Besides Talian and Valencia, senior Anthony Kountouris, junior Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd all picked up wins in the singles round. In doubles action, Cole paired up with Nick Bergman to beat Singh and Matt Akers 8-5 at the No. 2 position. Koutouris and Todd continued their steady doubles play with an 8-4 win against Justin Toth and Mark Khoury at the third spot.

Ferris will head to the Upper Peninsula this weekend to play three matches in two days.  On Saturday (April 7), the Bulldogs will face Lake Superior State at 9 a.m. in Sault Ste. Marie. After the match against the Lakers, FSU will travel to Houghton to meet St. Cloud State at 6 p.m. in a non-conference tilt. Marcum and his squad will battle Michigan Tech on Sunday at 9 a.m.


April 1

Bulldogs Capture Two Conference Weekend Matches

The Ferris State University men's tennis team got back on track this past weekend as the Bulldogs won a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matches at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids.

On Saturday (March 31), Ferris State defeated Findlay (Ohio) by a score of 9-0. FSU also beat Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Sunday morning 9-0.  The NCAA Division II No. 17-ranked Bulldogs are now 6-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

"We took care of business this weekend," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We were pretty consistent throughout both matches."

After struggling in a pair of losses to archrival Northwood and NCAA Division I Western Michigan last week, Marcum shuffled the doubles lineup for both weekend matches. The new combinations compiled a 6-0 mark in doubles play.

"Our new doubles combinations worked well," Marcum said. "We'll keep trying it. Our guys really came to play and that was the biggest factor."

Ferris State dominated both Findlay and Mercyhurst in the sweep as sophomore Jan Talian, freshman Francisco Valencia, senior Martin Krbec, senior Anthony Kountouris, junior Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd all picked up impressive singles wins in both matches.

In doubles play, Marcum kept the team of Kountouris and Todd intact at the third spot. Talian teamed up with Valencia at the No. 1 flight while Krbec paired with Cole at the second spot. The second and third teams won both matches by scores of 8-0.

"We had good play from everyone in the doubles round," Marcum said. "We were pretty dominating in singles action too."

Ferris State is ranked third in the Midwest Region. Talian is the second-rated singles player in the region and is at the top of the latest regional doubles rankings with Krbec.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday (April 4) as they travel to Detroit to face Wayne State at 3 p.m. Next weekend, FSU will play three matches in two days. On Saturday (April 7), Ferris State will visit Lake Superior State at 9 a.m. in Sault Ste. Marie and then travel to Houghton to face St. Cloud State in a non-conference match at 6 p.m. FSU will battle Michigan Tech on Sunday (April 2) at 9 a.m. in Houghton before returning home.


 

March 23

Ferris Falls To NCAA Division I Western Michigan

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad suffered a 7-0 setback at NCAA Division I Western Michigan on Thursday at the West Hills Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The loss was the second in the past three days for the Bulldogs. On Tuesday, Ferris State lost to 13th-ranked Northwood 6-3 in an important conference clash in Midland. FSU is 4-5 overall and ranked 16th in the latest NCAA Division II national rankings.

Against the Broncos, sophomore Jan Talian fell 6-4, 6-2 at the top singles slot to Fernando Garcia. Freshman Francisco Valencia suffered a 6-2, 6-2 setback at the second spot to Steve Pillon. In No. 3 singles action, senior Martin Krbec dropped a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 match. Senior Anthony Kountouris was beat by Ravishankar Pathanjali 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 4 position. Junior Matt Cole lost to Ryan Maarschalk 6-1, 6-3 at the fifth spot and senior Robbie Todd was edged by Christian Brattstrom 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 6 singles spot.

In doubles play, Talian and Krbec dropped an 8-5 decision to Maarschalk and Tomlinson at the top spot. Kountouris and Todd fell 8-2 to Pathanjali and Pillon at the second spot.  In No. 3 doubles action, Valencia and Cole were beat by Garcia and Brattstrom by a score of 8-1.

With the win, Western Michigan improved to 8-8 overall. The Broncos have now won five-straight matches after suffering through a seven-match losing streak earlier this season. FSU fell to 1-1 against Division I competition this season under head coach Paul Marcum.

The Bulldogs are ranked third in the Midwest Region rankings and are 1-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs won two of three doubles matches against the Timberwolves to take a 2-1 advantage. Northwood won five of the six singles matches as Cole was the only Bulldog to post a victory in singles play.

Ferris State will host Findlay on March 31 at 1 p.m. at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids.


March 15

Bulldogs Open Conference Play With Win Over Hillsdale

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with an impressive 9-0 win over Hillsdale on Wednesday (March 14) at the Jackson Athletic Club in Jackson, Mich.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-3 overall despite missing two regular starters due to injury. Seniors Nick Bergman and Calvin LaForrest both picked up key wins in place of senior Martin Krbec and Anthony Kountouris.

"We took care of business," head coach Paul Marcum said. "Nick and Calvin did a nice job of stepping in and they played well."

Bergman defeated Mike Volbrecht 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and LaForrest defeated Nathan Lewis 6-0, 6-0 at the sixth spot. Top players Jan Talian, Francisco Valencia, Matt Cole and senior Robbie Todd all scored wins as well.  The Bulldogs won all three flights in the doubles round by 8-0 scores. Valencia and Cole improved to 5-2 at the third spot with a win over Volbrecht and Lewis. Talian and Bergman won at No. 1 doubles while Todd and LaForrest captured the second flight.

FSU is ranked 16th in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. The Bulldogs will travel to Midland next Tuesday (March 20) to face No. 15 Northwood in a 2 p.m. match. The match will have important conference, regional and national implications for both teams. Northwood is the defending conference champion and is ranked second in the Midwest Region while Ferris State is third.  The Bulldogs will also travel to NCAA Division I Western Michigan on Thursday (March 22) at 2 p.m.


March 12

Bulldogs Beat NCAA Division II No. 15 Lynn University In Final Spring Break Match

The Ferris State University men's tennis team won its final match on an extended spring break trip to the South with a 5-4 upset of NCAA Division II No. 15 Lynn University (Fla.) on Saturday at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

The 16th-ranked Bulldogs won two doubles matches and captured the top three flights in the singles round to knock off the Knights. With the win, Ferris State improved to 3-3 overall.

"Lynn was ranked ahead of us in the national ratings so this should help us out," head coach Paul Marcum said. "The final match came down to our senior leader Martin Krbec and he pulled out a win."

Krbec beat Raphael Almeida 6-2, 7-6 (2) at the No. 3 singles spot to help Ferris State garner the victory. He also teamed with Jan Talian to post an 8-5 win over Tobias Croke and Justin O'bront at the top doubles spot. Talian defeated Martin Carenko 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.  Besides Krbec and Talian, freshman Francisco Valencia also earned a pair of wins. He beat Fahad Sarwani 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and paired up with junior Matt Cole to defeat Pedro Mugica and Almeida 9-8 (5) at the third doubles position.

Ferris State concluded its spring break trip with a 1-3 mark. All three losses came to teams ranked in the top 12 nationally. The Bulldogs are slated to open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at Hillsdale on Wednesday (March 14) at 4 p.m.


March 9

FSU Falls For Third-Straight Day On Spring Break Trip

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad struggled for the third-straight day on its spring break trip as the Bulldogs lost a 6-3 decision on Thursday afternoon at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Prior to the match with Rollins, FSU had lost by identical 5-4 scores against both NCAA Division II No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) and ninth-ranked Valdosta State (Ga.). Against No. 12 Rollins, the Bulldogs captured only three singles victories and failed to win a single point in the doubles round.

"We were too inconsistent and had no fire," head coach Paul Marcum said. "It was not a pretty sight. If we don't pick it up it is going to be a very long season."

Senior Anthony Kountouris won his third-straight singles match as he scored a 6-4, 6-3 win over Brandon Smith. He is 8-1 this season in singles play and 5-0 at the No. 4 spot in the lineup.

In addition to Kountouris, seniors Martin Krbec and Robbie Todd also picked up wins for the Bulldogs. Krbec won for the second day in a row as he posted a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory against Goran Sterijovaski at the No. 3 spot. Todd improved to 5-3 overall with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) win over John Forszpaniak in No. 6 singles action.

Top player Jan Talian fell to Matt Porter 6-2, 6-2. At the No. 2 position, freshman Francisco Valencia lost to Mark Thompson 6-2, 6-0. Junior Matt Cole dropped the fifth flight to Andrew Grosilmond 7-6 (3), 6-2.

"We had no team attitude," Marcum said. "Things had better change quickly or we will have to make some other decisions. Our doubles play and the play in our top two singles matches was not very good."

In doubles action, Talian and Krbec fell to 10-3 on the year as they lost to Porter and Sterijovaski by a score of 8-5 at the No. 1 position. Kountouris and Todd lost in the doubles round for the third-straight day to Drew Sipka and Thompson 9-8 at the second spot. At No. 3 doubles, Valencia and Cole were beat by Smith and Grosilmond 8-5.

Ferris State is 2-3 overall and ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II. The Bulldogs will conclude their eight-day trip to the South on Saturday afternoon at 15th-ranked Lynn University in St. Augustine, Fla.


March 8

Bulldogs Drop Second-Straight Match On Southern Trip

The Ferris State University men's tennis team lost its second-straight match on Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs fell 5-4 against NCAA Division II No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) at the AASU Tennis Complex in Savannah, Ga.

Despite picking up key wins at both the top singles and doubles spots, the Bulldogs lost to a nationally-ranked foe for the second day in a row on their spring break trip to the South. On Tuesday evening, Ferris State suffered a 5-4 setback at No. 9-ranked Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga.

Sophomore Jan Talian and senior Martin Krbec led the No. 16-ranked Bulldogs against Armstrong Atlantic State as both picked up a pair of victories. In singles play, Talian scored a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Stefan Wirtz at the No. 1 position. Krbec captured a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the third spot against Christopher Petersen. The duo also teamed up to beat Petersen and Blaise Tribolet 8-6 in No. 1 doubles action as they improved to 10-2 overall.

The other FSU victory was notched by senior Anthony Kountouris. He posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Frederik de Beer at the No. 4 singles slot. In singles play, Kountouris is 7-1 this season.

In doubles play, freshman Francisco Valencia and junior Matt Cole fell for the first time this year to Neil McPhee and Bob Rog by a score of 8-1. Kountouris and senior Robbie Todd lost to de Beer and Wirtz 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.

Valencia dropped a close match in the second flight of singles play as Tribolet pulled out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win. Cole lost at the fifth position to Aref Jallali 6-2, 6-2 and Todd was beat by Roger Thiele 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot.

The Bulldogs are ranked third in the Midwest Region and are 2-2 under head coach Paul Marcum. FSU is slated to face NCAA Division II No. 12 Rollins (Fla.) on Thursday (March 8) at 3 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. The Bulldogs will also battle 15th-ranked Lynn University (Fla.) on Saturday afternoon.


 

March 7

Ferris Falls in Spring Break Opener to No. 9 Valdosta State

The Ferris State University men's tennis team fell to NCAA Division II No. 9-ranked Valdosta State (Ga.) by a 5-4 score in its opening match of an extended spring break trip to the South on Tuesday evening in Valdosta, Ga.

Rain washed out the first slated Bulldog match of the trip against No.11-ranked Francis Marion (S.C.) on Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to facing Valdosta State, Ferris State will also play three other nationally-ranked teams this week before returning home on Sunday (March 11).

Against Valdosta State, FSU won two-of-three doubles matches but captured only two singles wins in its first outdoor match of the season at the Complex Courts.

"We played decent for our first match outside," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We had good doubles play overall but we could use a little more energy starting in singles play."

In doubles action, sophomore Jan Talian and senior Martin Krbec defeated David Olave and Marco Borges 9-7 at the top position. Freshman Francisco Valencia teamed up with junior Matt Cole to post an 8-6 win over Michael Fischer and Andy Von Michaelis at the third spot. At No. 2 doubles, the Bulldog team of Anthony Kountouris and Robbie Todd fell to 5-2 on the year with an 8-1 loss to Nico Sablowski and Basmus Larsen.

While Kountouris and Todd were defeated in doubles play, the duo battled back to pick up the only two singles victories for Ferris State. Kountouris beat Von Michaelis 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Todd recorded a hard-fought 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 win over Larsen at the sixth spot.

"Anthony and Robbie both hit good balls," Marcum said. "I also thought Francisco Valencia fought extremely hard."

Valencia lost to Olave 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in No. 2 singles action. At the top position, Talian fell to Sablowski 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Krbec was defeated by Borges 6-2, 6-4 at the third spot and Fischer knocked off Cole 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

Valdosta State is now 6-1 overall. On March 5, the Blazers beat No.1-ranked Lander (S.C.) 5-4 in Valdosta. Lander has won the past eight national titles in a row.

FSU is 2-1 and ranked 16th in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. The Bulldogs are slated to face No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.) on Wednesday (March 7) at 2 p.m. in Savannah, Ga. Ferris State will play 12th-ranked Rollins (Fla.) on Thursday and No. 15 Lynn (Fla.) on Saturday before returning home to Big Rapids.


February 26

Bulldogs Prepare For Spring Break Trip With Exhibition Win

The Ferris State University men's tennis team prepared itself for an extended spring break trip to the South with a 9-0 exhibition win over Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Feb. 26) afternoon at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

The NCAA Division II No. 15-ranked Bulldogs won all six singles matches and gave up only nine points in the doubles round to defeat Kalamazoo Valley. FSU is 2-0 after a 4-3 upset of NCAA Division I Bowling Green State on Feb. 23 in Toledo, Ohio.

"We had solid play throughout the match with Kalamazoo Valley," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We were pretty excited to get the win over Bowling Green and this match was a good tuneup for our trip to the South."

In singles play, sophomore Jan Talian won his 14th match of the year with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lance Hardenburg. Freshman Francisco Valencia picked up his second win of the year in singles play with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ahmad Burahmah at No. 2 position. At the third spot, senior Martin Krbec defeated Josh Turcott 6-0, 6-3.

No. 4 player Anthony Kountouris upended Ed Bernard 6-3, 6-3. Junior Matt Cole posted a 6-3, 6-2 win against Mike Reichle at No. 5 singles. In the final singles match, senior Robbie Todd beat Bryan Kroeze 6-0, 6-0.

The top doubles team of Talian and Krbec defeated Hardenburg and Turcott 8-2. At No. 2 doubles, Kountouris and Todd improved to 6-1 overall with an 8-6 victory against Burahmah and Bernard. FSU also won the third doubles match as Valencia and Cole scored a 8-1 win over Reichle and Kroeze.

Ferris State will depart March 3 for an extended spring break trip to Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs will play five nationally-ranked teams on the eight-day excursion. FSU will open play on Sunday (March 4) against NCAA Division II No. 9 Francis Marion (Fla.) at 10 a.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.

After a day off, the Bulldogs will battle fifth-ranked Valdosta State on March 6 in Valdosta, Ga. Ferris State will also play Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) on March 7, Rollins College (Fla.) on March 8 and Lynn University (Fla.) on March 10.  In addition, the squad will also participate in a team fundraiser on March 9 at the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla. Marcum was the head tennis professional at the Melbourne club prior to coming to Ferris State.

"Our spring trip will say a lot for our season," Marcum said. "We play five teams ranked ahead of us nationally while we are down there and it will be a big test for us to play outside again in the heat."

The Bulldogs return home to open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action on March 14 at Hillsdale at 4 p.m.


February 25

Ferris Upsets Defending MAC Champion

The Ferris State University men's tennis team upset NCAA Division I Bowling Green State by a score of 4-3 on Feb. 23 at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Toledo, Ohio.

The NCAA Division II No. 15-ranked Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the year as they beat the defending Mid-American Conference Champion. FSU won three singles matches and captured the victory over the Falcons by winning two-of-three doubles matches.

"Everyone played great," head coach Paul Marcum said. "We are pretty excited with this win. Our guys went into a real tough environment against a very tough team and picked it up to get a big win."

In singles play, sophomore Jan Talian, senior Anthony Kountouris and junior Matt Cole picked up key victories. Talian won at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vitek Wild. Kountouris defeated Mike Kossoff 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4 singles. At the fifth spot, Cole upended Micael Lopez-Acavedo 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Although the top team of Talian and senior Martin Krbec suffered an 8-3 setback at No. 1 doubles, Ferris State was able to notch the win by winning the final two doubles matches. Kountouris and senior Robbie Todd defeated Brandon Gabel and Nicolas Lopez-Acevedo 8-6 at No. 2 doubles while freshman Francisco Valencia teamed up with Cole to beat Nick Moxley and Kossoff 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.

"Our No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams just played outstanding," Marcum said. "Cole and Kountouris both had clutch performances in singles play as well."

According to Marcum, the Falcons returned their entire squad from a year ago and picked up two key newcomers. Last season, the Bulldogs fell to Bowling Green State 5-2. Entering Friday night's match, the Falcons were off to a 7-0 start. All seven wins came against NCAA Division I schools.

"It was just a big win for our program," Marcum said. "Our guys played well and competed throughout the entire match."

Ferris State will host Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Monday (Feb. 26) in a 3 p.m. exhibition match at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs will travel to Florida and Georgia on an extended spring break trip from March 3-11.


February 20

The Ferris State University men's tennis squad opened the 2001 dual season with a 9-0 victory over Aquinas at the FSU Raquet and Fitness Center on Monday afternoon (Feb. 19).

Sophomore Jan Talian picked up his 12th win of the 2000-01 campaign as he defeated Justin Crain at No. 1 singles action 6-3, 6-2. Talian also teamed up with Martin Krbec to post an 8-4 victory over Kurt Brummel and Nate Price at No. 1 doubles.

Freshman Francisco Valencia earned his first career victory as he defeated Brummel 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Valencia paired up with junior Matt Cole to beat Nate LaVoie and Brian Ahmedani 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.

The team of Anthony Kountouris and Robbie Todd improved to 4-1 on the year as they shutout Crain and Tom Huizing 8-0 in No. 2 doubles action. Kountouris also beat LaVoie 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and Todd defeated Huizing 6-1, 6-1 at the sixth singles spot.

The 1-0 Bulldogs are ranked No. 15 nationally and are third in the Midwest Region Rankings. FSU travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, on Feb. 23 to face the Falcons at 6 p.m.


 

February 13

Ferris Wins NCAA Division II World Team Tennis Championship

Ferris State University captured the NCAA Division II World Team Tennis Championship at the inaugural WingspanBank.com/WTT National Small College Tennis Championships hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at the Claremont Club in Claremont, Calif. on Feb. 11.

The tournament, which was administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and DuPont World Team Tennis (WTT), created a unique scenario in which a co-ed national collegiate champion was crowned. After claiming the Division II crown, FSU fell in the national semifinal round to NAIA Champion Oklahoma City 17-15 in overtime before bouncing back to finish third overall with an 18-13 win over Division III Champion Trinity University (Texas).

After rain washed out the opening day of play and shortened the tournament to a single day, the Bulldog contingent of Jan Talian, Martin Krbec, Jennifer Garvey and Barbora Jilkova defeated Hawaii Pacific and West Florida to become the Division II champion. FSU won 4-of-5 matches against Hawaii Pacific to claim a 20-12 win. In the Division II final against West Florida, the Bulldogs won 18-17 in a super tie-breaker.

"Everyone played outstanding and it's nice to come home as the Division II National Team Tennis Champions," men's coach Paul Marcum said. "This type of national exposure is exactly what our players need to get prepared for our spring break trip."

The field for the 2001 tournament was made up of the top men's and women's teams based on regional representation and their combined season-ending collegiate tennis ranking. At the tournament, the team tennis concept originated by Billie Jean King and Larry King was used to determine a national champion. The format included unique, fan-friendly elements like cumulative scoring (each game won is a point toward the team score), overtime, "super-tiebreakers" and mixed doubles. Each match consisted of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

After knocking off Ferris State in the semifinal round, Oklahoma City went on to claim the first-ever national small college co-ed championship with a 20-12 victory over Junior College Champion Tyler (Texas). Ferris State, Oklahoma City, Trinity and Tyler all captured their respective division titles in opening round play to earn the right to play for the overall title.

"Oklahoma City went on to win the championship of the whole tournament and we gave them their closest match," Marcum said. "Our performance makes all the hard work and preparation worth it."

Ferris State was one of four Division II squads invited to play in the tournament. Both Ferris State squads are ranked third in the Midwest region. The FSU men are ranked 15th nationally while the Bulldog women finished No. 10 and won their 17th-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship under first-year coach Dave Ramos this past October.

"We have the luxury of having two very solid programs," Marcum said. "Some schools have one very strong program but the other team is not as solid. We are very fortunate in that both teams have played at a high level."

The women's doubles squad of Garvey and Jilkova finished the tournament with a 3-1mark as did the men's duo of Talian and Krbec. In men's singles action, Talian lost only once in the tournament. Garvey was 2-2 in women's singles action as was the mixed doubles team of Talian and Jilkova.

Talian and Krbec teamed up in 1999 to capture the national doubles championship at the Rolex "SuperBowl" of Small College Tennis in Memphis, Tenn. Both Jilkova and Garvey were first-team All-GLIAC selections this past season.

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