The toppest of the Dawgs

The best performers from this past year

Men’s Basketball: Zach Hankins

Photo credits: Keith Salowich I Former Staff

Ferris men’s basketball made history this
year by bringing home the first National
Championship in Ferris’ sports history. The
team went 38-1 overall with their only loss
being a fierce battle against Lake Superior
State at the beginning of the season. The
Bulldogs got revenge, however, defeating the
Lakers three more times throughout the season.

Hankins led the team this season scoring
an average of 15 points per game. In addition,
Hankins was also rewarded with Division
II Player of the Year and Tournament
MVP after scoring 19 points and five rebounds
in the Championship win over Northern
State University in South Dakota. Being
6-foot-10, it was not surprising he had 128
blocks this season, helping Ferris place third
on the 2018 NCAA Division II block leaderboard.

Based on their recent success, many fans
have high expectations for the basketball
program to continue their winning ways. Ferris
will lose Hankins, Peter Firlik, Noah King,
Tyquone Greer, Drew Cushingberry and Greg
Krusniak, four of whom are from this past
year’s starting roster. The Bulldogs will have
Michigan’s Coach of the Year Andy Bronkema
to lead the 2018-2019 team.

Volleyball: Allyson Cappel

Photo Credits: Keith Salowich I Former Staff

Ferris volleyball started the season 7-0
and never looked back. The Bulldogs ended
24-8 and made it all the way to the Midwest
regional semifinals, but ended up losing to
Lewis (IL) in their seventh straight appearance
in the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore outside-hitter Cappel lead the
Bulldogs this season with 440 points, 395
kills and 327 digs in the 2017-2018 season.
Cappel had an average of 4.2 points per set
and ended her second season with the Bulldogs
having a total of 961 points. With the
skills she brought in addition to the improved
play from her teammates, the Bulldogs are
set to begin next year with the number one
rank in the GLIAC conference.

Men’s Tennis: Pablo Munoz Baroja

Photo Credits: Keith Salowich I Former Staff

For the past three seasons, Ferris tennis
has been the GLIAC regular season champions
and this year was no different. The Bulldogs
went 21-3 and were undefeated with an
8-0 streak at home. Munoz Baroja and Daniil
Bennett lead the team with the most singles
wins this past season, with 18 wins each.
Baroja was also the leader in doubles, with
partner Mathis Guerre, achieving 19 wins
this past season. The pair helped bring the
overall team to 19th in the country for Division
II men’s tennis.
Despite being the GLIAC champs, the team
lost in the Midwest Regional Final against
Drury University (MO). Their 18-game winning
streak came to an end in a tough battle
in Missouri by dropping 5-2. Only losing
two seniors this year, Simon Levy and Daniil
Tarantinov, the Bulldogs are looking toward
another successful season.

Softball: Emily Reed 

Photo Credits: Keith Salowich I Former Staff

Ferris softball had a rough start to their
season, beginning their campaign with five
consecutive losses. However, they battled
and improved their play to make it as far as
the GLIAC tournament quarterfinals.
Senior catcher Reed had the spotlight
this season, hammering out 53 hits and
maintaining a batting average of .381. She
capped her successful four-year career at
Ferris with a total of 548 at-bats, smacking
180 hits and 107 RBI’s.
Although they’ll lose six seniors, this young
Bulldog team is eager to come out even
stronger next year.