(MIDLAND, Mich.) – The Walsh men's tennis team is on the rise with its first ITA Midwest Regional since joining the NCAA as the Cavaliers debuted at No. 10. Tomorrow they will make their first appearance in the GLIAC Tournament at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.
The Cavs (11-11) recently got a boost in the rankings after they defeated current No. 5-ranked Lewis previously ranked Rockhurst last month.
Walsh secured the sixth and final playoff spot and will debut against No. 3-seed Wayne State. The Cavaliers finished the conference season with a 4-5 GLIAC record. The Warriors, who are also ranked one spot ahead of Walsh in the regional rankings, are 12-11 overall and finished with a 7-2 GLIAC record.
In the previous meeting this season, Wayne State took a 7-2 decision over the Cavaliers. Head Coach Bryan Whittaker has reason to be optimistic as two of the Warriors points came in three-set wins in singles action and Walsh lost one of the doubles matches by just two games.
Vasiliy Vidmanov scored one of the points for Walsh with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Clement Charriere at No. 2 singles. Heitor Adegas tallied the other with a 7-6 (5-0), 6-3 victory over Derek Sammons at No. 6 singles.
The tournament is set to start tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. with No. 4 Tiffin taking on No. 5 Northwood. Walsh and Wayne State will follow with No. 1 Ferris State and No. 2 Grand Valley State earning byes as the top two seeds.
On Saturday, the winner of the Walsh vs. Wayne State match will play Grand Valley. The loser will play the loser of the Tiffin vs. Northwood contest in the fifth place match.