Ferris State 5, Southern Indiana 4

May 6, 2005

BIG RAPIDS, MICH. -- Tournament host Ferris State won two of three doubles matches and split the six singles flights to register a thrilling 5-4 win over Southern Indiana Friday (May 6) in the championship match of the 2005 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region First and Second Round Men's Tennis Tournament held at FSU's Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked 35th in the current (April 27) Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II National Poll, will now advance into the 16-team single elimination national championship field slated for May 11-14 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Ferris, which is making its eighth straight and 11th all-time NCAA-II National Tournament bid, won its sixth regional title in a row with the victory. The Bulldogs, who are currently 13-9 overall this campaign, will advance to the round of 16 for the ninth time in school history while USI closes the season at 13-7 overall. Bulldog freshman Lewis DeGeneault clinched the victory with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Southern Indiana's Kyle Taylor in the deciding match at the number six singles flight.

FSU will face a South Region opponent to be determined in the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen on May 11th. The national championships will be co-hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Sunshine State Conference.

Ferris State 5, Southern Indiana 4

Singles competition:
1. Jason Cole (FS) def. Epkey, Joe (USI) 7-6, 6-3
2. Epkey, Jarrod (USI) def. Martin Hoch (FS) 7-5, 6-1
3. Shetty, Nim (USI) def. Kyle Halberg (FS) 6-0, 6-4
4. Hughes, Ryan (USI) def. Mark Hammelman (FS) 7-6, 6-4
5. Francisco Gomez (FS) def. McGuire, Andrew (USI) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Lewis DeGeneault (FS) def. Taylor, Kyle (USI) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

Doubles competition:
1. Epkey, Joe/Hughes, Ryan (USI) def. Jason Cole/Martin Hoch (FS) 9-8
2. Kyle Halberg/Mark Hammelman (FS) def. Epkey, Jarrod/Taylor, Kyle (USI) 8-6
3. Matt Hill/Francisco Gomez (FS) def. Luttrell, Evan/Shetty, Nim (USI) 9-7

-- Courtesy Ferris State