Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University freshman men's tennis player Yannic Alexander Mader (Berlin, Germany) continued his impressive play on the final day of the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships in Grand Rapids on Monday as he earned runner-up honors after reaching the final round of the tournament in singles action.
Mader, who had won his first four matches in the event over the weekend, topped second-seeded and defending regional champion Renato Lima of Indianapolis in Monday morning's top "A" bracket semifinals by a 6-2, 6-3 score before falling in the championship match to UIndy's Dario Huber 7-5, 6-0.
The Bulldog newcomer earned runner-up recognition in a large field that consisted of 128 players from 22 schools.
Despite falling in the title match, Mader still remains a candidate to receive an at-large singles bid for the ITA National Championships that take place in October in Georgia. The eight regional champions from across the country who earned automatic bids will be joined in the field by four at-large selections, which could include Mader.
Mader's performance capped off a strong weekend of action for the Bulldogs that saw nearly ever player in the lineup record at least one victory in the regional championships. Mader led the way, finishing with a 5-1 singles mark.
The regional championships capped off the fall competitive season for the Bulldog men's squad under head coach Mark Doren with the bulk of FSU's schedule taking place with conference and national competition in the spring beginning in February.