Four members of the 2008-09 Ferris State University men's tennis team earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) accolades. The announcement was made by the league office in conjunction with the 2009 GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament held recently (April 18-19) at Midland, Mich.
Nine players each were named to the All-GLIAC First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention squads in voting conducted by the league's head coaches. The coaches named Findlay rookie Kyle Collette the conference's "Freshman of the Year," while Zane Colestock, head coach of the Northwood men's tennis team, was tabbed as the "Coach of the Year". Northwood sophomore Peter Kazianschuetz earned the GLIAC men's tennis "Player of the Year" honor for the second year in a row.
Senior Lewis DeGeneault (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) claimed first team recognition for the second consecutive year. The 5-8 DeGeneault, who is the Bulldogs number one singles player, has recorded a 10-13 overall singles record and an 11-13 mark in doubles play to date this campaign. DeGeneault is 45-39 overall in his career during singles competition and has posted a 31-33 doubles ledger in his career. He was 4-3 in GLIAC singles action this season.
Junior Ahmet Kursad-Demir (Samsun, Turkey/Namik Kemal Lisesi) attained second team all-league recognition for the second year in a row. Demir won five of his six GLIAC singles matches at the number two flight in the lineup and is currently 17-8 overall in individual play this year. He has teamed up with DeGeneault to post a 10-12 record in doubles action this season and the duo is ranked seventh in the latest Campbell's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II Midwest Doubles Rankings.
Freshman Jack Swan (Milwaukee, Wis./Arrowhead), who earned GLIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award laurels earlier this year, was also named to the All-GLIAC second team. Swan owns a current 19-6 record in singles and is 16-8 overall in doubles play during his initial collegiate campaign. He won five of his seven league singles matches at the squad's number three spot.
Finally, freshman Justin Hermes (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) claimed honorable mention All-GLIAC recognition. The 6-0 Hermes presently is 16-8 overall in both singles and doubles matches this campaign. He posted a team-high tying 6-1 record in league singles play while splitting time between the numbers five and six positions in the lineup. Hermes has won nine of his last 10 singles encounters to date this year.
The Bulldogs are currently 13-7 overall this season after placing second in GLIAC regular-season play with a 6-1 conference mark. FSU took third place at the GLIAC Tournament under second-year head coach Alex Palladino.
Ferris, which is ranked fourth in both the NCAA and Campbell's ITA Midwest Regional Rankings, is expected to receive a berth for the NCAA Division II Tournament. Eight teams from the region will be invited to compete in the regional portion of the tournament on May 7-9 with the official draw slated to be announced this week.