April 9, 2007
Contact: Josh Rattray
Cleveland State Women's Tennis
Date: April 13, 2007
Date: April 14, 2007
Cleveland State Men's Tennis
Date: April 13, 2007
FIRST SERVE: Both
PREVIEWING THE VIKING MEN: The Vikings have won 14 of 17 contests this season (excluding a 1-3 trip to
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.
THE HEAD COACH
Brian Etzkin (
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
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,
...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
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
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
UP NEXT: Both