September 15, 2010

FSU's Alina Stanila Receives GLIAC Award

Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior Alina Stanila of the Ferris State University women's tennis team has been chosen as this week's (Sept. 14) recipient of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Tennis "Athlete of the Week" Award.

A newcomer this season, Stanila helped the Bulldog women's tennis team to three consecutive league road victories last weekend by posting a perfect record (6-0).  Stanila claimed all three of her conference singles matches at the number one flight and all came in straight-sets. 

Additionally, she teamed up with Melissa Flowers to win three league doubles encounters at the number two flight with two of them decided by idential 8-1 scores and the other by an 8-5 count. 

A transfer from California (Pa.), Stanila holds a perfect 4-0 mark in both singles and doubles competition to date this year for the unbeaten and league-leading (4-0, 4-0 GLIAC) Bulldogs.

It was a highly-successful weekend for the FSU women's tennis team as the Bulldogs wrapped up a three-day road swing with a 6-3 victory over Wayne State on Sunday (Sept. 12) in Detroit, Mich. The win was the third in as many days away from home for the Bulldogs. FSU also recorded a 9-0 league triumph at Findlay on Friday (Sept. 10) followed by an 8-1 win in GLIAC play at Tiffin on Saturday (Sept. 11). 

Stanila defeated Findlay's Haley Dudon by a 6-0, 6-0 count before topping Tiffin's Emily Egan-Morris 6-1, 6-3.  She finished the weekend with a 6-4, 7-5 victory versus Sharon Gill of Wayne State.

In doubles play, Stanila and Flowers handled Findlay's Gina Solis and Amanda Mills by an 8-1 score and were also 8-1 winners versus TU's Jessie Stefanov and Taylor Cooper.  They posted a 8-5 triumph against WSU's Milena Vuksanovic and McCall Monte to conclude the weekend.

The Bulldogs will take part in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships this Friday to Sunday (Sept. 17-19) in Jenison, Mich.

Following the ITA regional, the Bulldogs will resume conference play with a  key GLIAC encounter versus defending conference champion and rival Northwood on Sept. 21 at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids.  Match time is set for 3 p.m. (EDT).

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