Junior Akshay Chellappa Picks Up Team Most Valuable Player Accolades

Junior Akshay Chellappa (Mumbay, India) has been chosen as the 2006-07 Ferris State University men's tennis team's Most Valuable Player Award recipient in an announcement made Tuesday (May 29) by interim head coach Tom Daglis.

Chellappa earned 2007 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team honors this campaign. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the program's 10th consecutive and 13th overall NCAA-II Tournament appearance this season as FSU compiled an 11-8 overall record.

Akshay Chellappa
Junior Akshay Chellappa was honored as FSU's Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 campaign
The 5-7 Chellappa, who was ranked sixth in the final (May 23) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Singles Rankings, posted a 15-6 overall singles mark in his initial Bulldog campaign. In addition, he recorded a 17-7 doubles ledger this year. Chellappa and junior Corey Banghart (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) concluded the year ranked sixth regionally in doubles play. Chellappa won five of his seven GLIAC singles matches and finished with a 4-3 league regular-season doubles record this year. Additionally, he recorded a cumulative 10-1 combined singles and doubles record in individual tournament competition during the fall campaign after transferring from Lander (S.C.) University.

The Most Improved Player Award for the men's squad was presented to Corey Banghart. The 5-9 Banghart notched a 7-8 overall singles record in 2006-07. He was 2-2 overall in conference singles action this campaign. Banghart, who posted a 14-4 overall mark in doubles matches this year, emerged victorious in four of his last six doubles outings. He teamed up with Akshay Chellappa to record a 10-3 mark in number one doubles play this year as the duo won three of four league encounters. Banghart holds current career records of 20-17 (singles) and 15-7 (doubles) in his two years at FSU to date.

Finally, the Team Leadership Award was presented to senior captain Kevin Brundle (Grand Blanc), who earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention accolades in his final season at Ferris State. The 5-11 Brundle tallied a 12-8 ledger in singles competition and was 14-7 in doubles play this year. The only senior on the Bulldog roster, Brundle finished with career marks of 19-15 (singles) and 27-17 (doubles) at Ferris. Brundle was 5-2 in GLIAC singles play and teamed with junior Jeremiah DeJose (Detroit/Ortonville-Brandon) to record a team-leading 6-1 conference doubles record this campaign. The duo won six of their last eight decisions this season.

Daglis guided the Bulldogs to a fourth place GLIAC finish this season as the squad registered a 4-3 league mark. The Bulldogs reached the second round of the national tournament before suffering a 5-0 loss to rival Northwood in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (May 3-4) at NU's Gerstacker Tennis Center in Midland, Mich. FSU was listed third in the final (May 23) Fila Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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