Quick Hits: Hockey teams announce rosters

GV club hockey teams finalize rosters for 2014-15

The Grand Valley State University club hockey teams announced their final rosters on Friday.

The Division II squad, which failed to reach the ACHA DII National Championship title game for the first time in four years last season, returns a number of high-profile players.

Forwards Matt Smartt, JD Duckworth and Jake Endicott highlight a crew of incumbent offensive firepower, while Reed Burnett and Nick Heinrich anchor a blue line that showcases a number of new faces.

Head coach Mike Forbes (123-45-7) returns for his sixth season behind the bench with GVSU.

Bertrand leads GV tennis at UW-Whitewater invite

The Grand Valley State University men’s tennis team got off to an impressive start this season at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational over the weekend. The Lakers finished with a number of first and third place finishes before inclement weather ended the tournament early.

GVSU senior Francis Bertand was victorious in the No. 1 singles flight with victories over Chico State’s Marion Noboa (6-0, 6-0), the University of St. Francis‘ Mark Zubov (6-3, 7-6 [7-2]), and Ferris State University’s Laurent Galarneau (6-3, 6-3).

GVSU sophomore Billy Heckman went 2-1 in No. 2 singles and finished third, while freshman Alex van de Steenhoven went 1-2 and finished fourth in the No. 3 spot. In doubles, Heckman and sophomore Zach Phillips took third in the No. 2 bracket after an 8-3 victory over the team from Olivet Nazerene University.

The Lakers return to action Saturday at the 2014 DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.