WSU's Grey and FSU's Daavettila recognized with GLIAC Tennis Players of the Week honors

WSU's Grey and FSU's Daavettila recognized with GLIAC Tennis Players of the Week honors

GLIAC -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced its ninth weekly tennis awards for the 2024 campaign. Wayne State senior Daniel Grey was selected as GLIAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Ferris State senior Sophie Daavettila was recognized as GLIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Daniel Grey, Wayne State

Wayne State University senior Daniel Grey (Wiesbaden, Germany) went 2-0 in both singles and doubles this past week to collect his third GLIAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week award of the season. The highlight of Grey's week came in the Warriors' 4-0 shutout of fellow Midwest Region opponent Tiffin on Tuesday, March 26. The German, who was ranked 11th by the ITA entering the match, downed the third-ranked Ruben Fonga in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). That was his fourth win of 2024 against an opponent nationally ranked in the top 10 by the association. He also teamed with Cedric Drenth to defeat the No. 22-ranked doubles team in the nation of Michael Gurtner and Matthew Telford by a 7-5 score. Grey also saw action in WSU's exhibition match vs. Division III powerhouse Case Western Reserve in Lima, Ohio. In that contest, he won 6-1, 6-2 over DIII's sixth-best singles player in Ajay Mahenthiran, while pairing with Dom Spicer for a 6-4 triumph in doubles over the No. 22-ranked Sahil Dayal and Anmay Devaraj. Grey played at the first flight in both categories, and with the Tiffin victory now has an even 10 wins at the No. 1 singles spot this campaign. It's the fourth time overall in his collegiate career that Grey has been honored with Player of the Week recognition.

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophie Daavettila, Ferris State

Ferris State University's Sophie Daavettila led the Bulldogs to a pair of big wins last week. The Bulldog standout helped FSU to a 4-3 regional win over Southwest Baptist on Wednesday (March 27) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center, earning a straight-set win at two singles following a close 7-6 (8-6) setback in doubles play at the two flight. Meanwhile, on Saturday (March 30), she came back to help key FSU's 4-3 GLIAC win over archrival Grand Valley State at home, scoring a big win at the second singles flight by a 7-6 (7-0) and 6-4 score. She finished the week with a 2-0 singles mark as the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to five consecutive matches and stayed unbeaten in the GLIAC at 3-0 on the year.