Women's Tennis
  2001 Notes

August 2

Bulldogs Earn Academic Honors

The 2000-01 Ferris State University women's tennis team was one of 14 NCAA Division II schools to earn Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors, according to an announcement released by the ITA.

FSU posted a 3.56 team grade point average (GPA) during the 2000-01 school year. The ITA All-Academic Award is open to any ITA four-year program that has a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility forms and have competed in one or more matches are averaged into the cumulative GPA.

Besides earning the team academic award, juniors Jennifer Garvey and Hulda Grin also received 2001 ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. To earn a scholar-athlete award, athletes had to be a junior or senior in school, be a varsity letterwinner and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). FSU was among 10 schools with at least two selections on the 44-player list.

A three-time first-team All-GLIAC pick, Garvey earned a 3.94 cumulative GPA in FSU's Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program. During the 2000-01 campaign, she compiled a 25-10 singles mark and was 28-11 in doubles play. A first-team 2001 Verizon Academic All-District IV College Division Women's Spring At-Large selection, Garvey was named the fall 2000 GLIAC Player of the Year and received conference all-academic laurels for the third-straight season.

Grin, a 2000 GLIAC All-Academic pick, notched a 4.00 GPA in the PTM program. She was 20-2 in singles play and 25-6 in doubles action during the 2000-01 campaign.

The FSU women compiled a 22-6 overall record en route to earning its third straight national tourney berth and 17th-consecutive GLIAC title during the 2000-01 season. The Bulldogs finished the year ranked third in the Midwest Regional rankings and 17th overall in the final 2001 WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, which are administered by the ITA.


June 4

FSU Ranked 17th In Final Poll

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

The FSU women compiled a 22-6 overall record en route to earning its third straight national tourney berth.  The Bulldogs finished the year ranked third in the Midwest Regional rankings.

In singles action, junior Jennifer Garvey was 30th overall on the final women's national list and fifth in the region.  Besides Garvey, freshman Barbora Jilkova also was listed in the final women's regional rankings (13th). FSU's top doubles team of Jilkova and Garvey finished the season ranked second overall in the region.

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


May 24

Garvey Named to District IV Squad

Ferris State University women's tennis player Jennifer Garvey has been named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District IV College Division Women's Spring At-Large First-Team for her outstanding accomplishments as a student-athlete.

As one of 10 first-team honorees, Garvey will represent District IV on the national ballot. The academic all-district team is selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) from institutions within the district which includes the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Garvey, a three-year letterwinner, was one of three athletes from Michigan schools represented on the district squad and among three women's tennis players on the list. Athletes in track and field, tennis and lacrosse were represented on either the first or second team.

A three-time first-team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) pick, Garvey earned a 3.94 cumulative grade point average in FSU's nationally-known Professional Tennis Management program. This past season, she led the Bulldogs to their third-consecutive national tournament appearance and was named the fall 2000 GLIAC Player of the Year. She is also a three-time conference all-academic selection.

The 2001 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Women's Spring At-Large Team will be selected by the vote of CoSIDA's entire membership and will be released on June 14.


May 10

Bulldogs Fall In Opening Round

The Ferris State University women'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 No. 16-ranked Bulldog women dropped a 5-0 decision against tournament host West Florida at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex. Ferris State lost all three doubles matches and two singles matches versus the third-seeded Argonauts to finish the year with a 22-6 overall record.

FSU has lost in the opening round of the women's national tournament in each of the past three seasons. A year ago, the Bulldogs fell to Brigham Young-Hawaii by a score of 5-0.  Overall, the Ferris State women have reached the NCAA Championship round four times since the dual match format began in 1983. The highest finish by a Bulldog women's tennis team was seventh in 1990.

The Ferris State women's team advanced to the national tournament by claiming the Midwest Regional championships last weekend (May 4-5). The Bulldogs beat Eastern New Mexico by a score of 5-0 in the regional title match at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.


May 10

Ramos Named Midwest Region Coach of Year

Ferris State University women's tennis coach Dave Ramos has been named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in an announcement released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

A first-year head coach, Ramos guided Ferris State to its third-consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance as the Bulldogs claimed the Midwest Regional championship last weekend (May 4-5) at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He was presented the award Wednesday evening (May 9) at a banquet held in conjunction with the national tournament in Pensacola, Fla.

A Ferris State alumnus, Ramos directed FSU to its 17th-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title last October. The Bulldog women are 22-5 overall and have won 152-consecutive conference dual matches entering the opening round of the national tournament.

Prior to Ferris, Ramos was the Assistant Director of the Tennis Europe program based in Stamford, Conn. His duties included supervising and directing 12 teams in tournaments throughout Europe. He previously served as the assistant coach for the women's tennis program at Ferris in the 1998-99 season during his undergraduate years in the University's nationally-acclaimed Professional Tennis Management program.

The 31-year old Ramos has worked as the director of Juvenile Development at the Columbus Tennis Club in Manhattan, N.Y. and as the staff pro at the prestigious John Gardiner Tennis Resort on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A native of Southhampton, N.Y., Ramos is a 1995 FSU graduate with a bachelor's degree in International Business. While at Ferris, Ramos was a member of the 1995 Bulldog men's tennis team. He is a 1987 graduate of Sachem North High School in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and competed in both tennis and basketball during his prep athletic career.

The 16th-ranked Bulldog women will face tournament host West Florida in the opening round of the national tournament on Thursday (May 10) at 1 p.m. A year ago, the Ferris State women fell in the opening round of the national tournament to Brigham Young-Hawaii by a score of 5-0.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA also administers a comprehensive awards program which recognizes players and coaches for their excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.


May 7

FSU Will Face Host School In First Round

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

The FSU women's squad will battle the tournament host on its home court (Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex) on Thursday at 1 p.m. The Argonauts won the South Regional championship with a 5-0 victory over Georgia College and State University on Saturday (May 5) and are also ranked third nationally.  With a win, the FSU women would meet Rollins or Millersville (Pa.) on Friday at 1 p.m.

The Bulldog women claimed the Midwest Regional championship this past weekend (May 4-5) to advance to the national tournament. FSU, ranked 16th nationally, beat Eastern New Mexico by a score of 5-0 Saturday morning in the Midwest Regional Championships at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. FSU beat GLIAC rival Northern Michigan by a score of 5-3 in the opening round of the regional tournament on Friday.

Ferris State has advanced to the national women's tournament in each of the past three seasons with regional championship victories in Topeka. The Bulldog women are 22-5 overall and have won 17-straight conference titles.

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 women will be making their third-straight national championship appearance.  A year ago, the Ferris State women fell in the opening round of the national tournament to Brigham Young-Hawaii by a score of 5-0.

Overall, the Bulldog women will be making their fourth national tournament appearance. The highest finish by a Bulldog women's team was seventh in 1990.


May 5

Ferris Advances to National Tournament

The Ferris State University women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships by winning its regional title Saturday (May 5). The 16th-ranked Bulldogs beat Eastern New Mexico by a score of 5-0 in the Midwest Regional Championships at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. FSU defeated Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Northern Michigan by a score of 5-3 in the opening round of the regional tournament.

In the match with Eastern New Mexico, the Bulldogs captured all three doubles matches. Freshman Barbora Jilkova and sophomore Suzanne Batten sealed the win with victories in singles action.

Ferris State has advanced to the national women's tournament in each of the past three seasons with regional championship victories in Topeka. The Bulldog women are 22-5 overall and have won 17-straight conference titles.

The 16-team NCAA Division II National Championships will be held May 10-13 at West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. The Bulldogs will be making their third-straight national championship appearance. A year ago, Ferris fell in the opening round of the national tournament to Brigham Young-Hawaii by a score of 5-0.


May 4

The Ferris State University women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional finals with a 5-3 win today (May 4) over Northern Michigan at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The 21-5 Bulldogs will face second-seeded Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner will claim the regional title and advance to the national tournament. FSU has advanced to the national women's tournament in each of the past two seasons with regional championship victories in Topeka.


April 26

FSU Earns Sixth-Straight Regional Tennis Bid

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

The 14th-ranked Bulldogs will face Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Northern Michigan on May 4 in the opening round of the single-elimination regional tournament at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. FSU, 20-5 overall, is the top-seeded squad in the four-team regional field, with the 15-8 Wildcats seeded fourth. In the other opening round match, No. 2 seed Eastern New Mexico (9-7) will face third-seeded Washburn (19-2). 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 five regional tournaments, the Midwest four regional tournaments, the East four regional tournaments and the West three 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.

The Bulldogs defeated Northern Michigan 9-0 in the championship match of the GLIAC Tournament in October to claim their 17th-straight conference title. FSU beat Eastern New Mexico 5-1 at the Central Oklahoma Tournament on April 14. In addition to FSU and Northern Michigan, GLIAC member Northwood (13-16) was selected to compete in one of the four Midwest Regional tournaments and will travel to Abilene, Tex., to face top-seeded Abilene Christian.

Entering the regional round, Ferris State is ranked second overall in the Midwest Region. Eastern New Mexico is ranked fifth in the region, Northern Michigan is eighth and Wasburn is 18th. Abilene Christian is ranked first in the Midwest Region. Besides Washburn and Abilene Christian, Cameron University (Tex.) and Northeastern State (Okla.) will also play host to Midwest Regional tournaments.

A year ago, the Bulldogs captured the regional tournament title in Topeka for the second-straight season as FSU beat Northwood 5-1 in the opening round and defeated Northern Colorado 5-4 in the championship match. At the NCAA Division II National Championships, the squad fell in the opening round to Brigham Young-Hawaii by a score of 5-0 in Pensacola, Fla.


April 17

Bulldogs Finish Second at Oklahoma Tourney

The Ferris State University women's tennis squad advanced to the championship match at the Central Oklahoma Broncho Tournament for the second-straight season this past weekend (April 12-14) in Edmond, Okla.

The top-seeded Bulldog women beat 24th-ranked Eastern New Mexico 5-1 on Saturday (April 14) before falling to NCAA Division II No. 17 Northeastern Oklahoma 5-1 in the title match. On Friday, FSU defeated Missouri Southern 5-1 and St. Edward's (Tex.) 5-1. FSU handled West Texas A&M by a score of 5-0 on Thursday afternoon in the tournament opener.

"We did well to get back to the final and I was very pleased with our efforts," head coach Dave Ramos said. "Northeastern Oklahoma was just too tough for us. I think we could have made it a closer match had everyone been healthy."

Against Northeastern Oklahoma, the 14th-ranked Bulldogs went 1-2 in the doubles round. Senior Ellen Frost and sophomore Suzanne Batten defeated Jennie Howard and Jennifer McKenzie 8-2 at the second spot. The top tandem of Jennifer Garvey and Barbora Jilkova fell to the nation's seventh-ranked squad of Maite Vila and Evelina Akkers by a score of 8-3.

"Those two players are among the top 20 nationally," Ramos said. "We had our chances in several matches but they played well enough to bounce back."

In the win over Eastern New Mexico, Garvey and Frost picked up singles victories. In doubles play, the Bulldogs won all three matches. The eighth annual tournament featured 31 teams from eight states and was held at eight sites in the Oklahoma City area.

"The win over Eastern meant a lot to the ladies because we lost to them last year in the final," Ramos said. "Garvey and Frost played outstanding singles matches to clinch the victory."

Ferris State is now 20-5 overall and ranked second in the Midwest Regional rankings. The Bulldogs captured their 17th-consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title last fall and are slated to compete in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional May 5-7.

In the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Garvey and Jilkova are ranked 12th nationally and second in the region in doubles action. Garvey is fifth in the regional singles rankings and 29th on the national list. Jilkova is 12th among singles players on the regional list. The rankings are administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).


April 14

FSU Unbeaten at Central Oklahoma Tournament

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

The top-seeded Bulldog women beat Missouri Southern 5-1 and St. Edward's 5-1 on Friday. FSU handled West Texas A&M by a score of 5-0 on Thursday afternoon.

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 Bulldog women are 19-4 this year.


 

March 20, 2001

Bulldogs Finish Southern Trip With 1-3 Mark

The Ferris State University women's tennis squad completed an extended spring break trip to the South with a 1-3 mark on March 7. All three losses came to nationally-ranked teams.

The 11th-ranked Bulldogs fell to NCAA Division II No. 4 North Florida on March 4 by a score of 7-2. On March 5, FSU lost at No. 21-ranked Georgia College and State University 5-4. After posting a 6-3 win over Valdosta State (Ga.) on March 6, Ferris State suffered a 7-2 setback against 15th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) in the final match of the trip on March 7 in Savannah, Ga.

During the trip, three Bulldog players compiled 3-1 marks in singles play. Sophomore Suzanne Batten posted only one loss at the fourth spot in the lineup, senior Amy Tylutki won three matches at the fifth position and junior Hulda Grin finished 3-1 at the No. 6 singles slot.

The top three Ferris State players won only a single match in the four meetings. Top player Jennifer Garvey defeated Aparna Sreenivasan of Valdosta State 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Her three losses came against top-quality competition.

"The No. 1 player for Armstrong Atlantic State was unbelievable," head coach Dave Ramos said. "She's the best player Jennifer has ever played. The last match we played outdoors was back in October and it took us a while to get adjusted to playing outside again."

In the win over Valdosta State, the Bulldogs won four of six singles matches and captured two of the three matches in the doubles round.

"We knew going into the match that we would have a shot at winning," Ramos said.

In doubles action, the No. 3 team of Tylutki and Grinn compiled a 2-2 mark on the trip. Garvey and freshman Barbora Jilkova went 1-3 at the top spot while the No. 2 squad of Ellen Frost and Batten also finished the trip with a 1-3 record.

The Bulldogs completed the 2000 fall campaign with a 14-0 mark and won their 17th-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship. In the combined fall and spring season, FSU is 16-4 overall. The Bulldogs are ranked third in the latest Midwest Region standings.

Earlier this spring, Ferris State defeated Hope College 9-0 in Big Rapids and lost a tough 4-3 setback to NCAA Division I foe Indiana State.


February 12, 2001

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.


The Bulldogs
FERRIS STATE WOMEN'S TENNIS CHALLENGES INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

February 7, 2001

In the opening match of the spring season, the Ferris State University Women's Tennis team officially lost a tough and competitive match (4-3) to NCAA Division I opponent Indiana State University. However, when factoring in the #7 exhibition singles match, the final score was a 4-4 tie.

Indiana State University swept all three of the doubles matches and headed into the singles with a 1-0 lead under the D-I format. At second doubles, Suzanne Batten and Ellen Frost rallied from a 7-4 deficit before losing in a tie-break 8-7 (7-3).

Ferris proceeded to win the first set in five of the six singles matches to shift the momentum in the match, but ISU rebounded and took three of the six matches to three sets.

"We knew coming into this match that it was going to be a tough one," said FSU head coach Dave Ramos. "I told the ladies that if were not ready to play every point and fight with incredible toughness and resiliency, it could be over quickly."

At #2, #6, and #7 singles, Barbora Jilkova, Hulda Grin, and Kari Sederburg secured the first wins for Ferris with straight set victories. In her strongest performance of the year at #4 singles, Suzanne Batten won in three tough sets with some spectacular shot-making and athleticism.

"Suzanne has always had the shots, but today she played 'in the zone' where she was going for it at just the right times, mixing it up, and being both patient and aggressive," Ramos said. "At the #1 and #5 singles spots, Jennifer Garvey and Amy Tylutki fought valiantly and both lost 4-6 in the third."

Regardless of the scores, this match was tremendous victory for the Bulldogs.

"We have been working hard on our strength, cardio, and movement to prepare for our spring break trip to Florida and we could definitely see a difference," added Ramos. "It's one thing to be tough when you have dominated your conference matches for 17 years, but against D-I and top D-II programs, it's a true test.

"On a given day, I think our team can play with all but the top D-I programs. This match was the first step in what could be an historic year for our women's tennis program."

Go Bulldogs!

Dave Ramos, Head Coach
Wendy Franz, Assistant Coach


The Bulldogs

February 1, 2001

Ferris State Selected To Compete In National Small College Tennis Championships

Ferris State University is one of 16 of the nation's top small college men's and women's tennis teams slated to compete in the inaugural WingspanBank.com/WTT National Small College Tennis Championships at Pomona-Pitzer College on Feb. 10-11 in Claremont, Calif.

The two-day event, which will be administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and DuPont World Team Tennis (WTT), creates a unique scenario in which a co-ed national collegiate champion will be crowned. The Bulldog contingent of Jan Talian, Martin Krbec, Jennifer Garvey and Barbora Jilkova will face Hawaii Pacific in the opening round on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.

"We are pretty excited about competing in this event," men's tennis coach Paul Marcum said. "It is very different in that both the men and women will be playing together for the first time in co-ed competition."

The field for the 2001 tournament is made up of the top men's and women's teams based on regional representation and their combined season-ending collegiate tennis ranking. 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."

At the tournament, the team tennis concept originated by Billie Jean King and Larry King will be used to determine a national champion. Each match will consist of five sets, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles taking place. One point will be awarded for each game won and a nine-point tiebreaker will be played if a set reaches five all. Overtime and a "Supertiebreaker" will be played to determine a winner if necessary.

"It is a very different format," Marcum said. "We are practicing hard and trying to find time to get our four players together and hit. The matches will be shorter than normal and we will also be playing mixed doubles competition. It will be more of an adjustment for the women because of the speed of play."

The teams scheduled to participate in the event are from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. Each division will play off for a champion before an overall small college champion is determined on the final day of competition.

Besides Ferris State and Hawaii Pacific, Bloomsburg (Pa.) and West Florida will compete in the Division II field. In Division III, Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), Pomona-Pitzer College, Trinity (Texas) and Williams (Mass.) will take part. The NAIA field includes Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.), Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Oklahoma City and Shorter (Ga.). Collin County (Texas), Johnson County (Kan.), Marymount (Calif.) and Tyler (Texas) will represent the junior college level. Auburn-Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Trinity and Tyler all won national championships in their respective divisions last season.

"It's a very tough field," Marcum said. "Hawaii Pacific is very good but anyone can win under this format."

In the other Division II opening round match, West Florida will face Bloomsburg. The Division II winners and losers are slated to meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 before inter-divisional play begins.

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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