Ferris State's Laurent Galarneau Earns GLIAC Men’s Tennis “Player of the Year” Award

Ferris State's Laurent Galarneau Earns GLIAC  Men’s Tennis “Player of the Year” Award

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Ohio Dominican’s Ritchie Kruunenberg Tabbed “Freshman of the Year,” Michigan Tech’s Kevin Kalinee Named “Coach of the Year”

    BAY CITY, Mich. - Ferris State University’s Laurent Galarneau (Montreal, Quebec / Demortagne) was named the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) men’s tennis “Player of the Year” by the league’s head coaches in all-conference balloting.  The coaches named Ohio Dominican University’s Ritchie Kruunenberg  (Nieuw-Vennep, Holland / Herbert Vissers College) the league’s “Freshman of the Year,” while Kevin Kalinee, head coach of the Michigan Technological University team, earned GLIAC “Coach of the Year” honors.

     Galarneau has claimed All-GLIAC First Team recognition for the third consecutive year and he’s the first Bulldog men’s tennis player to claim the league’s “Player of the Year” honor in the sport since former Bulldog standout Jan Talian received the distinction in 2003 along with being only the second FSU recipient of the award in the last 20 years. In 2013-14, he helped the Bulldogs to a tie for second place in the league’s regular-season as FSU won eight of its final nine GLIAC matches prior to the postseason tourney. The Bulldogs also narrowly missed receiving an NCAA Tournament berth. This season, Galarneau compiled a 16-8 overall mark in singles play at the number one flight in the Bulldogs’ lineup while ranking as one of the conference and nation’s top performers.  He also owned a 10-1 league singles record, marking the second-straight year in which he’s won at least nine GLIAC outings.  In doubles action, he paired with senior Aaron Dial at the top flight to register a 13-12 ledger, which included a 8-3 leagu e mark

    Kruunenberg In singles play, finished 22-6, including a 9-2 mark in GLIAC play and a 12-4 record at No. 1 singles. He was equally impressive in doubles action, finishing 18-4 overall, including an 8-3 record in GLIAC competition and a 13-3 record at No. 1 doubles. Kruunenberg was ranked in the top-10 in the region in both singles and doubles play and was named the ITA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year.

    Kalinee, in his third year at Tech, guided the Huskies to a 10-11 overall record in 2014 and an eighth-place finish in the GLIAC regular season standings. Michigan Tech entered the GLIAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and finished sixth—just missing out on a fifth-place win over NCAA Tournament invitee Grand Valley State in the final match.

A complete list of the 2014 All-GLIAC Men's Tennis teams is below:



2014 GLIAC Men's Tennis Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Laurent Galaneau - Ferris State University
Freshman of the Year: Ritchie Kruunenberg - Ohio Dominican University
Coach of the Year: Kevin Kalinee - Michigan Technological University
2014 All-GLIAC Men’s Tennis Teams
Name School Yr. Hometown/High School
Laurent Galaneau Ferris State Jr. Montreal, Quebec / Demortagne 
Ritchie Kruunenberg Ohio Dominican Fr. Nieuw-Vennep, Holland / Herbert Vissers College 
Jean Menard Northwood Sr. Amboise, France 
Lorenzo Montegiorgi Northwood So. Velletri, Italy 
Manuel Ringlstetter Findlay Sr. Karlsfeld, Germany / FOS/BOS Technik München 
Felipe dos Santos Michigan Tech Sr. Valindos, Brazil 
Clement Charriere Wayne State Fr. Marseille, France / Chevreul Blancarde
Justin Tjon Ohio Dominican Sr. Willemstad, Curacao / K-12 Academy
Ben Fievet Tiffin Fr. Vaulx, Belgium
Name School Yr. Hometown/High School
Francis Bertrand Grand Valley State Jr. Repentigny, Quebec / Stony Brook
Robin Semal Findlay Jr. Jodoigne, Belgium / Cepes St. Albert 
Andrew Darrell Grand Valley State Sr. Kalamazoo, Mich. / Loy Norrix
Pablo Cabezon Walsh So. Santander, Cantabria, Spain / Calasanz Collegue
Billy Heckman Grand Valley State Fr. Kalamazoo, Mich. / Portage Central
Francis Nadeau Lake Superior State Fr. Terrebonne, Quebec / Terrebonne 
Laurent Mailloux Ferris State Fr. Montreal, Quebec / College of Montreal 
Robbie Ball Tiffin Sr. Bellefontaine, Ohio
Salikh Gilmutdinov Northwood Fr. São José dos Campos, Brazil 
Honorable Mention
Name School Yr. Hometown/High School
Otto Keresztes Ferris State Sr. Windsor, Ontario / Vincent Massey 
John Kidd Findlay So. Lima, Ohio / Central Catholic 
Andrew Bole Grand Valley State So. Dayton, Ohio / Chaminade Julienne
Anton Krychek Lake Erie Jr. Kharkiv, Ukraine / Kharkiv Gymnacium NM6
Grant Link Lake Superior State Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. / Boulder Creek 
Youssef ElSonbaty Malone So. Cairo, Egypt
Built Yumuang Michigan Tech So. Bangkok, Thailand 
Konstantine Zhukov Northwood So. Kazan, Russia 
Tyler Johnston Ohio Dominican Sr. Wilmington, Ohio / Wilmington (ABAC) 
Agustin Mangone Tiffin Fr. Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Ross Whittaker Walsh Fr. Massillon, Ohio / Lake
Stephane Robineau Wayne State Fr. Paris, France