Second-year head coach Alex Palladino recently announced Ferris State University's team award recipients for the respective 2008-09 men's and women's tennis campaigns.
Freshman Jack Swan (Milwaukee, Wis./Arrowhead) was honored with the men's Most Valuable Player Award for his efforts on the court this past season. Meanwhile, sophomore Amy Ingle (Battle Creek/Hastings) claimed the same recognition for the women's program.
Swan, who earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award laurels this year, was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. He posted a 19-7 record in singles and was 17-9 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.
The 5-4 Ingle, who served as a team captain this season, recorded a 12-12 overall singles record and was 12-11 in doubles play this year. An All-GLIAC Second Team pick, Ingle won four of her nine GLIAC matches at the number one flight in the FSU lineup. Meanwhile, she registered a 5-4 league doubles record in dual action at the top spot in the lineup while pairing with different partners. Currently, Ingle owns a 23-23 career singles ledger and is 20-26 in doubles action during her Bulldog career to date.
Most Improved Player Awards were given to men's freshman player Justin Hermes (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) and sophomore Tiffany Rheynard (Kalamazoo, Mich./Gull Lake) on the women's side. Hermes claimed honorable mention All-GLIAC recognition. The 6-0 Hermes compiled a 17-8 overall mark in singles matches and was 17-9 in doubles 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 won eight of his last nine singles encounters this year.
The 5-7 Rheynard finished with a 9-9 singles record this season, including a 4-4 record in league competition. Rheynard, who split time between the number two and three positions in the lineup, also was 10-9 in doubles action. As a freshman in 2007, Rheynard closed the year by winning four of her final five completed singles encounters and she owns current career totals of 15-16 (singles) and 14-17 (doubles).
Finally, Palladino recognized two players with team Sportsmanship Awards. Senior Lewis DeGeneault (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) was the men's honoree and senior Jennifer Prisner (St. Johns) claimed the women's award.
DeGeneault claimed All-GLIAC First Team recognition for the second consecutive year in his final season. The 5-8 DeGeneault, who was the Bulldogs number one singles player, recorded a 11-13 overall singles record and an 11-15 mark in doubles play this campaign. DeGeneault was 46-39 overall in his career during singles competition and posted a 31-35 doubles ledger in his career. He was 4-3 in GLIAC singles action this season.
Prisner wrapped up her Bulldog career with a 19-16 singles performance and was 23-19 overall in doubles play at FSU. This past season, she had her most productive campaign with an 11-9 mark in singles competition and a 7-11 showing in doubles matches. Prisner won 10 of her 15 singles matches at the sixth spot in the lineup and also split 12 outings at the third doubles position.
The Ferris State men's team, which concluded the year with a 14-8 overall record, made its 12th consecutive and 15th overall NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance in 2008-09. FSU placed third overall at the 2009 GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament following a second-place (6-1) league regular-season finish under Palladino. The Bulldog women wrapped up the year with a 11-10 overall record and finished 5-4 in the GLIAC's regular-season before placing sixth at the league's women's tennis tournament.
Here is a complete list of the 2008-09 team award winners:
2008-09 Ferris State Award Winners
MVP Award: Jack Swan
Most Improved Award: Justin Hermes
Sportsmanship Award: Lewis DeGeneault
MVP Award: Amy Ingle
Most Improved Award: Tiffany Rheynard
Sportsmanship Award: Jennifer Prisner