Quick Hits: First NCAA Division II tennis polls released

Lanthorn Staff

Men’s tennis ranked third in first poll

Grand Valley State’s men’s tennis team is ranked third in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Regional poll of 2016.

Regional rankings determine postseason bids for the NCAA Tournament. In the Midwest Region, conference champions from the GLIAC and GLVC receive an automatic bid, while the remaining seven bids are at-large.

GVSU (11-6) is one of four teams in the GLIAC ranked in the poll. The Lakers are 10-2 in Division II competition and 6-2 again regional opponents. The other three are No. 2 Ferris State, No. 5 Northwood and No. 9 Wayne State. Overall, the Lakers are No. 37 in the ITA rankings.

Indianapolis is currently ranked No. 1. The nine-team regional field will be selected on May 3 ahead of the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s tennis ranked fourth in first poll

Grand Valley State’s women’s tennis team is ranked fourth in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Regional poll of 2016.

Like the men’s team, nine teams will be selected from the GLIAC and GLVC to make up the Midwest Region, with the conference winners getting automatic byes. The final field will be set on the same day as the men’s on May 3.

GVSU (22-5) is one of five teams representing the GLIAC in the rankings. The other four are No. 3 Northwood, No. 6 Wayne State, No. 7 Tiffin and No. 8 Ferris State. Drury sits atop the rankings at the No. 1 spot.

GVSU is currently No. 30 in the overall ITA Rankings.

Five Laker wrestlers named Academic All-Americans

Grand Valley State’s wrestling club had five players selected as Academic All-Americans.

Sophomore Nick Reddy (133-pounds), senior Gabe Stepanovich (157-pounds), senior Bruce Rau (165-pounds), sophomore Bailey Bischer (174-pounds) and senior Eric Dietz (184-pounds) are the Lakers who were honored.

The Lakers are coming off of a season in which they were national semifinalists at the NCWA Nationals tournament in Orlando, Florida.