Ferris men's tennis team earns NCAA berth

Bulldogs will be making their 25th all-time national tournament appearance

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University men's tennis squad earned its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament berth as the official selections were announced on Tuesday evening in a live online selection show by the NCAA.

Ferris State, which will be making its 25th all-time national tournament appearance, is the number five overall seed for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional and will face fourth-seeded rival Grand Valley State in regional semifinal action in Detroit on Monday (May 9).

Top-seeded Wayne State University will serve as the host for one of two NCAA D2 Midwest Regionals, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 9-10. A total of eight teams were selected in the Midwest Region with four teams competing in each four-team preliminary regional event to be hosted by Wayne State and the University of Indianapolis.

Official match times and additional information will be announced soon.

Overall, a total of 48 teams were chosen from across the country as determined by the NCAA Division II National Committee. Preliminary rounds will be played early next week at 16 various regional sites. The winner of each men's regional tournament will then advance to the NCAA Division II Championships and the Sweet Sixteen slated to take place May 18-22 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Bulldog men are currently 15-4 overall this year and placed second overall in the GLIAC during regular-season play. FSU and GVSU split two matches this season with the Bulldogs winning the regular-season tilt before the Lakers responded with a close decision in the league tournament semifinals this past Saturday in Midland.

The Ferris State men's tennis squad will be making its 25th all-time NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, including its seventh-straight berth.

Ferris softball

The "second" season for the Ferris State University softball team begins this weekend (May 6-8) as the Bulldogs seek to claim their third Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament title in the program's history.

The Bulldogs along with seven other teams are scheduled to compete in the 2022 GLIAC Softball Tournament, which will take place at Sports Force Parks in Sandusky, Ohio.

Ferris State, which enters the tournament having won six of its final eight regular-season matchups, is the number six seed and will go up against number three seed Davenport this Friday (May 6) in an opening-round tilt at the double-elimination conference tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT) with the winner to play the Wayne State-Saginaw Valley State winner on Friday at 5 p.m. (EDT) in the winner's bracket and the losers to meet in an elimination game at the same time.

FSU, under head coach Kristin Janes, wrapped up the regular-season with a home sweep over Parkside on Sunday in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs' opponent, Davenport, is currently 25-21 overall and posted a 17-11 mark in league action.

Comprising the eight-team tourney field are Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Davenport, Northwood, Purdue Northwest, Ferris State, Wayne State and Parkside in seeding order. GVSU claimed the top overall seed after winning the GLIAC regular-season crown.

The 2022 GLIAC Softball Tournament Championship game is set for this Sunday (May 8) in Sandusky. A 10 a.m. (EDT) starting time is scheduled for the title contest. The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament at a campus site to be announced.

Ferris State has won two conference tournaments (2000 and 2005) in the program's history to date. The Bulldogs have registered a 18-21 record in GLIAC Tournament play since 2005. This year's berth will represent FSU's first trip since 2019 when the Bulldogs made their then fourth consecutive trip to the league tournament.

The 2019 season represents the 117th consecutive year in which the top eight of the conference's current softball playing institutions qualify for the GLIAC Tournament. The seeding criteria is based upon each team's regular-season conference record. The 1985 campaign marked the league's first-ever postseason tournament in softball.

Tickets for the GLIAC Tournament can be purchased at the venue and are $10 for adults or $8 for seniors for a full single day admission. Children ages five and under along with students are free with ID. A full tournament admission is available for $17 for adults or $14 for seniors.