April 17, 2007
Contact: Josh Rattray
Cleveland State Women's Tennis
Date: April 21, 2007
Date: April 22, 2007
Cleveland State Men's Tennis
Date: April 21, 2007
Date: April 22, 2007
FIRST SERVE: Both
PREVIEWING THE VIKING MEN: The Vikings have won 15 of 18 contests this season (excluding a 1-3 trip to
PREVIEWING THE VIKING WOMEN: The CSU women (13-9, 4-1 HL) have battled through various injuries and lineup changes to rebound from a 1-4 start. One constant has been three-time first team all-league performer Sarah Galon, who is 23-11 at No. 1 singles. The senior went 8-3 in the top doubles spot with fellow senior Morgan Ungerott but is now 9-8 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 (13-15) and freshman Charlotte Gibbons (19-11) have stepped up to fill the middle of the lineup. Myers (14-7) starts at No. 4 singles followed by Sellers (7-12) at No. 5 singles with sophomore Kristin Chamberlain (15-11) at No. 6 singles.
THE HEAD COACH
Brian Etzkin (
Men's Record: 61-61
Women's Record: 57-63
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.
...ETZKIN PASSES 100 WINS:
AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: The men's team's .727 winning percentage is the top mark in school history among teams that played more than 11 matches. CSU went 8-2 in 1974 under Klaas de Boer and went 10-1 in both 1952 and 1954. If the Vikings win their final two matches this weekend, the
FRESHMEN IMPACT: Newcomers Ryan Hamning (26-10) and Phil Orno (18-16) are a combined 44-26 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 17-5 mark in dual matches.
...FRESHMEN DOUBLE PLAY: Hamning and Orno are 24-6 as a team at No. 1 doubles, with a 17-5 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: Sarah Galon, a three-time first team All-Horizon League selection, is leading CSU for the fourth straight year. Galon is 23-11 at the top of the lineup, improving her career mark to 77-48, the highest win total in school history. 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 21-8 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
SCHOLARLY WORK: Rob West and Steven Wipprecht have each been named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season. West, who owns a 3.64 GPA, captured the weekly honor on March 7 and Wipprecht, a 3.9 student, won the award last week.
FINDING THE RIGHT COMBO: The women's team has gone 12-5 in its last 17 duals and improved doubles play may have been the reason. After shuffling the double lineup, CSU has won the doubles point in 10 of those contests. Denisa Muntean was moved to No. 1 doubles with Sarah Galon against
...DOUBLES TAKE: How the men's team fares in doubles play has been a pretty good indicator of whether or not it will win. The CSU men are 16-0 when winning the doubles point and 0-6 when losing in doubles.
FRESHMAN IMPORTS: Denisa Muntean and Charlotte Gibbons have emerged as consistent winners in their first year in collegiate play. Gibbons, a native of
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: Each team will travel to the Horizon League Championship, set for April 28-29 at