Freshmen To Help Complete Bulldog Lineup For 2004-05 Campaign

Third-year Ferris State University men’s tennis head coach Kevin Brandalik announced today (Sept. 3) the addition of freshmen recruits Michael Angarita (Bogota, Colombia), Andrew Gunberg (Loveland, Colo./Mountain View) and Lewis DeGeneault (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon), who all have committed to attend and compete at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 campaign.

Angarita, who was previously ranked third nationally in Colombia, has spent the last two years training with the Spanish Tennis Federation in Barcelona, Spain. He has also participated in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) along with both futures and satellite events during his amateur career.

“Michael is a big time player who should compete near the top of our lineup,” Brandalik said. “He’s been a top international competitor so we’re expecting him to do well.”

Gunberg was a top 25-ranked junior competitor in the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Intermountain section. He twice competed in number one singles play for Loveland’s (Colo.) Mountain View High School and was a three-time (2001-03) all-conference honoree. Gunberg also served as MVHS’ team captain two consecutive years.

“Andrew has the potential to be an outstanding collegiate player,” said Brandalik. “He’s a tall and lanky individual who will make great strides at Ferris State with continued development.”

A member of the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club, DeGeneault qualified for the 2004 Oregon School Activities Association Division 4-A State Boys Singles Championships (May 20) in Portland, Ore. He was ranked 16th in the USTA/Pacific Northwest section besides competing at the number one singles and doubles flights for Sheldon High School three straight years. In addition, he was a Midwestern League district finalist for the Irish under prep coach Michael Keenan. DeGeneault, who reached the round of 16 at the 2003 Western Oregon Junior Championships, competed at the same high school as current Bulldog senior Kyle Halberg (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon).

“Lewis is a good kid and a tough competitor who’ll help fill out our lineup,” Brandalik said. “He’s also extremely focused, which is always a nice addition at the collegiate level.”

Ferris State concluded the 2003-04 campaign with an 18-9 overall record after dropping a 5-0 decision to Rollins (Fla.) in the quarterfinal round (May 13) of the 2004 NCAA Division II Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Bulldogs, who claimed their fifth consecutive regional crown last campaign, recorded their first-ever NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen victory (May 12) with a 5-2 triumph over Kutztown (Pa.). FSU also made its 10th overall NCAA-II Tournament appearance and eighth berth in the national finals round during the 2003-04 season.

Ferris is slated to open the 2004-05 campaign Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, hosting the Bulldog Team Invitational at FSU’s Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

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