Five Bulldog Student-Athletes Among All-Conference Honorees

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Lewis DeGeneault
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Akshay Chellappa
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Ahmet Kursad-Demir
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Bryan Karazia
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Kevin Brundle
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Five Ferris State University men's tennis players received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for the 2007-08 campaign in an announcement made this week by the league office. The awards were presented in conjunction with the league's annual postseason tournament held last Saturday and Sunday (April 19-20) at the Midland (Mich.) Community Tennis Center.

Junior Lewis DeGeneault (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) earned All-GLIAC First Team honors while senior Akshay Chellappa (Mumbay, India) and sophomore Ahmet Kursad-Demir (Samsun, Turkey/Namik Kemal Lisesi) received second-team kudos. Additionally, FSU seniors Bryan Karazia (Livonia, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) and Kevin Brundle (Grand Blanc) were chosen as honorable mention selections.

Northwood's Peter Kazianschuetz claimed GLIAC Player of the Year laurels, Tim Hansson of Mercyhurst earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors and Northwood's Zane Colestock garnered GLIAC Coach of the Year recognition.

The league’s eight head coaches participated in the balloting process. Nine student-athletes were named to both the first and second-team squads while seven others tallied honorable mention laurels.

DeGeneault to date has recorded a 8-9 overall singles record this campaign and won four of his six league regular-season singles encounters at the number one flight. In doubles play, he owns a 8-10 cumulative record this season, including a 6-5 record at the second spot in the lineup. He's presently ranked sixth in singles and ninth in doubles play, according to the latest (March 31) NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings issued by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The 5-8 DeGeneault presently holds career records of 352-5 (singles) and 20-19 (doubles) during his Bulldog career.

The 5-7 Chellappa, who's currently ranked ninth in the Division II Great Lakes Regional Singles Rankings, has posted a 11-6 overall singles mark to date this campaign. In addition, he's also presently recorded a 7-11 doubles ledger in his second Bulldog season this year. Chellappa and senior Corey Banghart (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) are ranked ninth regionally in doubles play. Chellappa won three of his five GLIAC singles matches and finished with a 4-2 league regular-season doubles record this year.

Kursad-Demir has tallied a 11-7 singles record and a 9-7 mark in doubles competition to date this campaign. In his first year with the Bulldogs, Kursad-Demir has emerged victorious in eight of his 10 singles encounters at the third spot in the Bulldog lineup. He was a perfect 7-0 in GLIAC singles action and teamed with DeGeneault to record a 5-1 league doubles record at the second flight.

Karazia is currently 7-10 overall in singles play along with 1-3 in doubles action during the 2007-08 season. The 5-7 Karazia previously compiled 11-10 singles and 13-10 doubles records for the Bulldogs in 2005-06 before moving up to the second spot in the lineup last season. Karazia did not play a conference doubles match this season, but was 5-2 in GLIAC singles action.

Finally, the 5-11 Brundle presently is 11-6 in singles competition and holds a 12-9 doubles record this year. One of five seniors on the Bulldog roster, Brundle owns career marks of 30-21 (singles) and 39-26 (doubles) at Ferris State. Brundle was 5-1 in GLIAC singles play and teamed with fellow senior Jeremiah DeJose (Detroit, Mich./Ortonville-Brandon) to record a team-leading 6-1 conference doubles record this campaign. The duo presently holds a four-match winning streak and has won seven of their last eight decisions.

Ferris State, which is ranked third in the latest Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings, placed fourth overall at the GLIAC Tournament this season under first-year head coach Alex Palladino. The Bulldogs, who are presently 10-10 overall this season, hope to receive a bid to compete in the NCAA Division II Championships slated to be held May 8-10 at campus sites when the official announcement is made next week.

The Bulldog men’s tennis team made its 13th all-time tournament bid during the 2006-07 season.

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