Four Senior Players All-Claim Squad Recognition In Final Season

Two senior players have been named co-recipients of the Ferris State University women's tennis squad's Most Valuable Player honor, according to an announcement made today (May 31) by second-year FSU head coach Jing "Amy" Sun.

Bulldog seniors Molly Basha (Eau Claire, Wis./Regis) and Marissa Muchow (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) both claimed the team's highest individual honor after leading the Bulldogs to their 12th consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearance during the 2006-07 campaign.

Marissa Muchow & Molly Basha
Marissa Muchow & Molly Basha were honored as co-recipients of FSU's Most Valuable Player honor for the 2006-07 season
Basha, who received the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year Award in the fall 2006 season, compiled an impressive 22-3 overall singles record and was 26-4 in doubles play this campaign. The 5-7 Basha registered a 19-2 singles dual mark at the number one flight, including a 9-0 record in league matches. She also teamed with Muchow to post a 20-2 dual mark at the top doubles flight. The duo, which was 9-0 in conference play, advanced to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships (Oct. 12-13) where they finished seventh overall in the Division II field at Fort Myers, Fla. The tandem previously claimed the regional doubles crown at the ITA Great Lakes Championships (Sept. 15-17) in Midland, Mich.

Basha, who won her final 12 singles outings of the fall campaign, also reached the regional semifinals in singles play and was named GLIAC Player of the Week (Sept. 19). She concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in school history with a 74-19 career singles record and a 73-18 doubles mark at FSU. Both totals rank her among the top 10 all-time performers in school history. She was a three-time (2004-06) All-GLIAC First Team selection.

An All-GLIAC First Team pick this campaign, Muchow finished the year with a 14-9 overall singles record, including a 12-8 mark at the number two flight. She tallied a 26-4 overall doubles record along with a 20-2 doubles showing at the number one flight. Muchow emerged victorious in four of her final eight singles outings this spring and concluded her career with 47-34 and 79-27 career singles and doubles records, respectively. She previously attained All-GLIAC Second Team laurels twice (2004-05 & 2005-06) in her career.

Muchow and Basha were listed 11th nationally in the final (May 23) Fila Division II National Doubles Rankings this season. The duo was also the Great Lakes Region's top-ranked tandem. Individually, Basha was ranked as the region's top singles player and placed 20th on the national list.

The team's Most Improved Player Award was given to senior Jenna O'Dell (Escanaba). The 5-7 O'Dell, who was 56-33 (singles) and 38-39 (doubles) during her Bulldog career, recorded a 13-12 singles record this year while splitting time between the numbers three and four singles positions. She was 11-10 overall in dual singles action, including a 7-2 conference performance. In doubles play, O'Dell paired with fellow senior Allison Halbert (Battle Creek/Pennfield) to record a 6-13 doubles ledger. The 2004-05 FSU Most Improved Player Award recipient previously received the ITA's Great Lakes Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award during the 2005-06 season before being chosen to the all-conference second team this season.

Finally, Halbert was the recipient of FSU's Team Leadership Award honor. Halbert finished the year with a 13-11 overall mark in singles play and was 12-8 in dual competition. Her final career totals included a 47-32 singles record along with a 57-36 doubles performance. The 5-7 Halbert was a two-time (2004-05 & 2005-06) All-GLIAC Honorable Mention honoree.

The Bulldog women's tennis team made its 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006-07. Ferris posted a 11-11 overall record this campaign, including a third-place 7-2 mark in the GLIAC. FSU also finished in third place at the GLIAC Tournament last fall.

Together, the four senior players in Basha, Halbert, Muchow and O'Dell helped the Bulldogs to a four-year overall record of 56-28, including a 33-5 record in league action.

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