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Vikings Travel To Wisconsin

April 9, 2007

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Cleveland State Women's Tennis

at UW-Milwaukee

Date: April 13, 2007

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

Location: Milwaukee, Wis.


at UW-Green Bay

Date: April 14, 2007

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Green Bay, Wis.


Cleveland State Men's Tennis

at UW-Green Bay

Date: April 13, 2007

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Green Bay, Wis.



FIRST SERVE: Both Cleveland State tennis teams are on the road for the final time in the regular season, as the Viking women travel to UW-Milwaukee for a 5:00 p.m. match on Friday (April 13) and to UW-Green Bay the next day. The men's team takes on the Phoenix on Friday at 2:00 p.m.


PREVIEWING THE VIKING MEN: The Vikings have won 14 of 17 contests this season (excluding a 1-3 trip to Hawaii over spring break) and are three wins shy of the single-season school record for wins. The Vikings (15-6, 2-0 HL) are led by freshman Ryan Hamning and sophomore Rob West. Hamning is 25-10 at No. 3 singles while West is 20-8 playing mostly in the fifth spot. Junior Brad Groleski is 16-17 at the top of the lineup, followed by freshman Phil Orno who is now 17-16 after starting the year 11-5.  Senior Dan Singer (16-11) starts in the fourth spot, followed by West and sophomore Steven Wipprecht (13-15). The Vikings have made their mark in doubles play all season, having won the doubles point in all 15 of their victories. Hamning and Orno lead the team with a 23-6 doubles mark.


PREVIEWING THE VIKING WOMEN: The CSU women (11-9, 2-1 HL) rebounded from a 1-4 start, battling through various injuries that have forced multiple lineup changes. One constant has been senior all-league performer Sarah Galon, who is 21-11 at No. 1 singles. Galon went 8-3 in the top doubles spot with fellow senior Morgan Ungerott but now teams with freshman Denisa Muntean as Ungerott has been out with an injury. Last year's Nos. 2 & 3 players, juniors Jenn Myers and Lindsay Sellers, have missed a lot of time due to injury but Muntean (11-15) and freshman Charlotte Gibbons (17-11) have stepped up to fill the middle of the lineup. Sellers (6-11) starts at No. 4 singles followed by Myers (12-7) at No. 5 singles with sophomore Kristin Chamberlain (13-11) at No. 6 singles.



Brian Etzkin (Southern Illinois, `98)

Men's Record: 60-61

Women's Record: 55-63

CSU's all-time coaching wins leader, Etzkin has led both the men's and women's team to four straight seasons with 10 wins or more. Six Vikings have garnered All-Horizon League recognition under Etzkin's tutelage and two players have earned Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors. Last year, Etzkin guided both the men's and women's teams to new heights, with the men tying for the best league tournament finish in school history (third) and the women winning a school-record 18 dual matches.


AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: If the Vikings win their last three matches, the Cleveland State men will finish the year with 18 wins and tie the school record for wins in a season. The 1989 Vikings went 18-10 under coach Robert Malaga. The Vikings' 15 wins are the second highest in school history.


FRESHMEN IMPACT: Newcomers Ryan Hamning (25-10) and Phil Orno (17-16) are a combined 42-26 in singles play with Orno playing in the top two singles spots and Hamning playing at No. 3. Hamning, who has been named Horizon League Athlete of the Week twice this season (Jan. 22 and Feb. 13), owns a 16-5 mark in dual matches.


...FRESHMEN DOUBLE PLAY: Hamning and Orno are 23-6 as a team at No. 1 doubles, with a 16-5 duals mark. The duo went 11-1 in the fall and at one point won 10 straight before losing to a team from Marquette on Oct. 21 at the ITA Regional Tournament.


GOING, GOING, GALON: Three-time first team All-Horizon League selection Sarah Galon is leading CSU for the fourth straight year. Galon is 21-11 at the top of the lineup, improving her career mark to 75-48. Additionally, the Waianae, Hawaii native is 16-14 in doubles play, teaming with three different partners.


...LEAGUE HONORS FOR GALON: Sarah Galon has been named Horizon League Athlete of the Week twice this season. Her first league accolade came on Jan. 31 after winning No.1 singles matches against Akron and St. Francis (PA). She then captured the award on March 1 after posting wins against Youngstown State and Robert Morris.


WEST IS THE BEST: Rob West is 20-8 in singles play, and his .714 winning percentage is the best mark in the Viking program. West started the year by winning the St. Bonaventure Fall Classic on Sept. 10 and he has continued his strong play in the dual season, winning 15 of his 20 matches at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. The sophomore from Guernsey, U.K. has won at least one match at all six singles spots during his Viking career.


GOOD WINNERS AND GOOD SPORTS: Not only are Sarah Galon and Brad Groleski consistent winners on the court, they do so while showing exemplary sportsmanship. The two Vikings swept the Horizon League's inaugural Herb Foster Sportsmanship Awards last season, with Groleski winning the men's award and Galon claiming the women's trophy. The award, given to a player who exemplifies good sportsmanship on and off the court, is named in honor of the late Wright State coach who was at the helm of the Raiders from 1996-2004.


UP NEXT: Both Cleveland State squads host two matches to conclude the regular season, starting with a doubleheader against Butler on Saturday, April 21. The Viking men then host UIC at 10:00 a.m. the next day followed by a women's match versus Detroit.