April 28, 2005
NCAA II Men’s Tennis Tournament announced
Screaming Eagles will play Shepherd in the first round
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s tennis team will play Shepherd University in the first round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional in Big Rapids, Michigan. The regional is May 5-6 and hosted by Ferris State University.
USI (12-6) is making its sixth straight appearance in the NCAA II Tournament after winning the GLVC regular season and the tournament titles. The squad was perfect in the GLVC this spring, posting an 8-0 overall record and three-straight wins in the league tournament.
The Screaming Eagles are under the direction of the GLVC Coach of the Year Ross Brown. Brown has led the Eagles to a 36-29 record over the last three seasons, 21-3 in the GLVC.
Brown’s Eagles are led by sophomore Joe Epkey (Greenwood, Indiana). The 2005 GLVC Player of the Year has posted a team-best 22-5 overall record and was 5-1 in the GLVC. Joe Epkey also was 12-2 at number one singles, combined with three different doubles partners to post a 26-5 overall record, and has a nine-match winning streak.
Joe Epkey is followed in the line-up by his brother Jarrod Epkey in the singles line-up. The GLVC Freshman of the Year ranked second on the team with a 17-6 overall and outdid his older brother with a perfect 7-0 mark in the conference. Jarrod Epkey also combined with two doubles partners to go 26-4.
The middle of the USI singles’ line-up will feature senior Nim Shetty (India) and junior Ryan Hughes (England) at number three and four, respectively. Hughes was third on the team with a 15-10 overall record, while Shetty was four with a 14-9 record.
Shepherd enters the tournament with an 18-3 overall record. The Eagles defeated Shepherd in the first round of the 2002 Great Lakes Regional.
Host Ferris State will play Grand Valley State University in the opposite bracket. The second half of the Great Lakes Regional in Midland, Michigan, will feature host Northwood University against the University of Indianapolis and Mercyhurst College versus Wayne State University.