Men's Tennis Second Seed For GLIAC Tourney

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's tennis team will take part in the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament this Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, in Midland, Mich.

FSU, which is currently ranked 38th nationally in the Campbell's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II National Rankings, will be the second seed for this weekend's event and will face number seven seed Tiffin (Ohio) in the first round on Saturday (April 17) with match time set for 10 a.m. (ET) at the Midland Community Tennis Center.

The second-round matches will take place on Saturday with times slated to be announced following opening-round play.  Sunday's (April 18) third and final round also starts at 10 a.m. (ET).

With a win over Tiffin, the Bulldogs would next take on the winner of the quarterfinal match between third-seeded Wayne State and sixth-seeded Michigan Tech in Saturday evening's semifinals.

The other first round pairings on the opposite side of the bracket include top-seeded Northwood facing number eight seed Findlay along with number four seed Lake Superior State meeting fifth-seeded Grand Valley State.

All eight teams involved in the GLIAC Tournament will play three matches each over the course of the two-day event.

The Bulldogs previously beat Tiffin by a 9-0 score on the road this year (March 26) and wrapped up league regular-season play with an impressive 8-1 road triumph over West Michigan rival Grand Valley State on Wednesday (April 14) and enter the tournament having won seven of their last eight matches.

Ferris State presently owns a 10-6 overall record this season and completed conference regular-season action with a second-place 6-1 league record.  The Bulldogs' lone GLIAC loss this year was to league regular-season champion and nationally 15th-ranked Northwood by a 6-3 count last Thursday (April 8) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center.

FSU last won the GLIAC Tournament in 1999 and finished as the runner-up to Northwood seven consecutive seasons from 2000-06.  The Bulldogs placed fifth in 2006-07, fourth in 2007-08 and were third overall in 2008-09.

In addition to being ranked 38th nationally, the Bulldogs are also currently ranked fourth in the ITA Midwest Regional Rankings behind Northwood and two Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) schools in Drury (Mo.) and Rockhurst (Mo.).

The GLIAC Tournament represents the Bulldogs' final competition until a possible berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament with regional round play slated for May 6-8 at campus sites to be determined.

Please visit this link for complete tournament coverage and information:
http://www.gliac.org/sports/mten/2009-10/news/GLIAC_MT_Champ_Info_10

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