March 19, 2007
Contact: Josh Rattray
Cleveland State Men's Tennis
Date: March 23, 2007
FIRST SERVE: The
PREVIEWING THE VIKING MEN: The Viking men won 10 of their first 12 matches before going 1-3 in
PREVIEWING THE VIKING WOMEN: The CSU women (10-8) 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 21-9 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 No. 2 & 3 players, juniors Jenn Myers and Lindsay Sellers, have missed a lot of time due to injury but Muntean (10-14) and freshman Charlotte Gibbons (16-10) have stepped up to fill the middle of the lineup. Sellers (4-11) starts at No. 4 singles followed by Myers (10-7) at No. 5 singles with sophomore Kristin Chamberlain (12-10) at No. 6 singles.
THE HEAD COACH
Brian Etzkin (
Men's Record: 56-60
Women's Record: 54-62
CSU's all-time coaching wins leader, Etzkin has led both the men's and women's team to three 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:
FRESHMEN IMPACT: Newcomers Ryan Hamning (21-9) and Phil Orno (15-13) are a combined 36-22 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 12-4 mark in dual matches.
...FRESHMEN DOUBLE PLAY: Hamning and Orno are 20-5 as a team at No. 1 doubles, with a 12-4 duals mark. The duo went 7-1 in tournament play 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 21-9 at the top of the lineup, improving her career mark to 75-46. 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 TEAM'S BEST: Rob West is 17-6 in singles play, and his .739 winning percentage is the highest among all CSU players. 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 12 of his 16 matches at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. The
FINDING THE RIGHT COMBO: The women's team won six straight matches before its trip to
...DOUBLES TAKE: The CSU men have won the doubles point in 11 of their 16 dual matches. Prior to the team's trip to
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: The men's team hosts Walsh on March 29 at and then travels to Duquesne for a contest the next day.