Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's tennis team was recently recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as the organization unveiled its 2013-14 fall rankings.
The Bulldog men's team, which is guided by second-year head coach Chad Berryhill, is 33rd nationally in this fall's national rankings along with fourth overall in the Midwest Region. The rankings are the first of the 2013-14 campaign leading up to the spring season.
In addition, Ferris State junior Laurent Galarneau (Montreal, Quebec) is regarded as the nation's 28th-ranked singles competitor and is second overall in the regional rankings.
Ferris State is one of only two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools found among the nation's top 50 teams along with 28th-ranked Northwood. In the Midwest Regional Rankings, Southern Indiana is first followed by Northwood, Drury (Mo.) and FSU in the top four overall.
Galarneau is the highest-ranked student-athlete from the GLIAC found in either the regional or national rankings. The Bulldogs' Sergiu Laza (Toronto, Ontario) is 11th in the regional singles rankings and together the duo of Galarneau and Laza is regarded as the region's seventh-best tandem in doubles play.
The Bulldogs are slated to hit the courts and open the spring campaign on February 1, 2014, as they begin the dual season with a non-league home contest versus Davenport inside the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center at 10 a.m. (ET).
Ferris State is coming off a strong 2012-13 campaign in which FSU posted a 16-6 overall record and also took second place in the GLIAC with a 9-2 league mark in the spring of 2013. In addition, the Bulldogs were a perfect 8-0 at home last year.
Berryhill also directed the Bulldogs to their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in his initial season and a runner-up finish at the 2013 GLIAC Tournament. FSU reached the Midwest Regional final in NCAA action and was ranked as high as second in the region last campaign.
The Bulldog men's tennis program was also recognized this past summer by TennisRecruiting.net as having the top incoming class for any Division II program in the country.