Senior Molly Basha Voted League's Top Women's Tennis Player This Fall

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Senior Molly Basha (Eau Claire, Wis./Regis) of the 2006-07 Ferris State University women's tennis team has been awarded the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year Award in balloting conducted by the league's member head coaches. The announcement was made Tuesday (Oct. 31) by the league office.

The league’s 10 head coaches participated in the balloting process. Fourteen and seven student-athletes were named to the first and second-team squads, respectively, while seven others tallied honorable mention kudos. Ashley Neumann of Northwood earned the GLIAC Freshman of the Year Award while Grand Valley State head coach John Black picked up GLIAC Coach of the Year honors.

Player Of The Year
Molly Basha
Ferris State's Molly Basha was voted the GLIAC Player Of The Year for the 2006 fall campaign
In addition to Basha, Bulldog senior Marissa Muchow (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) was an all-conference first team selection while senior Jenna O'Dell (Escanaba) claimed all-league second team laurels. Basha earned first-team accolades for the third-straight year. Muchow previously was twice named to the All-GLIAC Second Team in 2004 and 2005.

Basha compiled an impressive 15-1 overall singles record and was 18-2 in doubles play during the fall campaign as the Bulldogs posted a 9-3 ledger. The 5-7 Basha registered a perfect 12-0 singles dual mark at the number one flight, including a 9-0 record in league matches. She also teamed with Muchow to post an identical 12-0 dual mark at the top doubles flight. The duo, which was 9-0 in conference play, also 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). Presently, she holds a 67-17 career singles record and is 65-16 to date in doubles action at FSU. Both totals rank her among the top 10 all-time performers in school history.

Muchow finished conference regular-season action with an 8-4 dual mark at the number two flight. She tallied a 10-5 overall singles record during the fall campaign along with an 18-2 doubles showing. Muchow emerged victorious in six of her final 10 singles outings this fall and currently has a 43-30 and 71-25 career singles and doubles record, respectively.

The 5-7 O'Dell, who is 53-26 (singles) and 35-32 (doubles) during her Bulldog career to date, recorded a 10-5 singles record this year while splitting time between the numbers three and four singles positions. She was 8-3 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 5-12 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.

Ferris State, which is guided by second-year head coach Jing "Amy" Sun, finished the fall campaign with a 9-3 overall record. The Bulldogs placed third in GLIAC regular-season action with a 7-2 league mark and then registered a third-place finish at the 2006 GLIAC Tournament held last weekend (Oct. 27-28) at the Midland Community Tennis Center in Midland, Mich.

FSU is tentatively slated to open the spring campaign Saturday, Feb. 17, with a non-league encounter at NCAA Division I Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio. Match time is still to be determined.

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