LEWIS DEGENEAULT PICKS UP GLIAC WEEKLY AWARD LAURELS
Ferris Junior Recently Chosen As League's Men's Tennis Player Of The Week
Ferris State University junior Lewis DeGeneault (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) recently earned last week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Tennis Player of the Week Award as announced Friday (March 28) by the league office.
DeGeneault presently holds a 7-7 overall singles record along with a 6-8 doubles mark to date this campaign. The 5-8 DeGeneault, who has currently won three of his last four doubles encounters, is 3-2 to date in GLIAC singles play at the number one flight and has won four of his five conference doubles matches at the second spot in the lineup.
He won both his singles and doubles contests in FSU's 6-3 league road triumph over rival Grand Valley State (March 21) to claim the weekly award honor. In singles action, he beat GVSU's Tony Dang 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 and he also teamed up with sophomore Ahmet Demir (Samsun, Turkey/Namik Kemal Lisesi) to post a 8-1 victory over Patrick Troy and Renato Tamashiro at the number two doubles spot. DeGeneault, who did not play collegiate tennis in 2006-07, currently holds a 34-23 overall singles ledger and is 18-17 in doubles play during his three-year FSU career to date.
After being chosen as last week's award recipient, DeGeneault helped lead the Bulldogs to a conference weekend sweep of Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech on Friday and Saturday (March 28-29), respectively, at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids, Mich. He won both of his singles flights in the two matches at the number one spot in straight-sets. In doubles play, he paired up with Demir for both outings to record back-to-back triumphs at the second doubles flight as FSU earned identical 9-0 shutout wins in the two matches.
DeGeneault is this season's first recipient of the GLIAC Player of the Week Award. He's also only the second Ferris men's tennis player ever to attain weekly award accolades since the league began recognizing the honor at the start of the 2004-05 campaign. The winner is chosen each week by the conference's member head coaches. The Bulldogs' only previous conference men's tennis award honoree came in 2005 when former product Kyle Halberg, who like DeGeneault also prepped at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., received the same distinction.
Ferris State, which is guided by first-year head coach Alex Palladino, continues its five-match homestand by taking on Wayne State Saturday, April 5, starting at 1 p.m. (EDT) in FSU's Racquet and Fitness Center. The match represents the final conference regular-season contest for the Bulldogs.