Tennis season is around the corner, and the Bulldog tennis teams are preparing strong for the season.
The men’s team is entering the season ranked No. 22 overall in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, close behind New York’s Concordia College. They are also ranked No. 17 overall nationally in the NCAA. Entering Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) they are ranked third, with Davenport University second and Ashland first overall.
Ferris women’s tennis is heading into their season ranked fifth overall in the GLIAC with a 6-6 record so far. They are currently not ranked in the NCAA rankings.
On the ice
Former Ferris hockey player Zach Redmond set the American Hockey League (AHL) franchise record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a single season with his 19th goal Wednesday, Jan. 23. Redmond played as a Bulldog defenseman from 2007 to 2011 and racked a total of 22 goals and 68 assists throughout his Ferris career. After his time in Big Rapids, he signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. He now plays for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League. This year, he also set the record for the quickest player to net 10 goals in the fewest number of games. When he nets his 20th goal, he will be the first defenseman in the 63-year franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark, according to the AHLTV website.
Jet’s Pizza Invitational
Ferris track and eld teams were up and running this past weekend, competing in the Jet’s Pizza Invitational hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. Women’s distance medley relay won their contest in slightly more than 12 minutes, with the winning quartet comprising junior Taylor Thrush, freshman Hannah Todd, junior Katie Etelamaki and junior Jennifer Eaton. Etelamaki also earned runner-up in the 3,000 meters in slightly more than 10 minutes.
For the men’s contest, Ferris senior Cody Stilwell won the weight throw, reaching the NCAA Division II national qualifying mark with his 19.56-meter toss. Ferris junior Stanley Williams placed second in the long jump event with a 6.39-meter jump and senior Damien Halverson finished sixth in the 5,000 meter event at 15:27.
Overall, the track and field team held 20 Top 10 nishes at the meet.