Selections and comments by Travis McCurdy, Northwood Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
No team at Northwood University has won more GLIAC Championships than men's tennis. That level of excellence is hard to maintain, but the Timberwolves remain among the top programs in the country. To match a regular tennis lineup, our all-decade team will have six players
(NOTE - this team is in alphabetical order)
Peter Kazianschuetz (2007-10)
- Three-time GLIAC Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Won the GLIAC Championship and GLIAC Tournament titles in all three years he played at Northwood
- Had a career record of 78-26
While Peter only played one year in this decade, becoming the first and only player in conference history to be the GLIAC Player of the Year is worthy of recogntion. He played every match of his career at the No. 1 slot and led Northwood to three GLIAC Championships. Peter would overpower his opponents with his big serve and ground strokes.
Teddy Mebounou (2005-12)
- Two-time GLIAC Player of the Year (2007, 2012)
- Won five GLIAC titles in his time at Northwood (three GLIAC Championships, two GLIAC Tournament titles)
- Had a career record of 60-17
What Teddy accomplished at Northwood is hard to believe. After playing in the for two years, he was named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year in 2007. Five years later, he came back for his final year to lead NU to another GLIAC Title. Had the biggest serve I've seen at Northwood.
Jean Menard (2010-14)
- GLIAC Player of the Year (2013)
- Named All-GLIAC four times, including First Team in his final three years at Northwood
- Team won four GLIAC Championships and three GLIAC Tournament titles in his career
- Had a career record of 116-30
In my opinion, Jean Menard was the most competitive player of the decade for Northwood men's tennis. If this list was based solely on talent, I do not think he makes it. But he willed himself to be great and was always the player you wanted on the court with the match on the line.
Marcus Oliveria (2009-13)
- Earned All-GLIAC honors all four years of his career, including being named First Team in 2013
- Won 97 matches in his career
- Part of four GLIAC championship and three GLIAC Tournament championship teams
Marcus was one of the most improved player from the start of his career to the end I have seen at Northwood. As a freshman, I thought he was just going to be a bottom of the lineup player. As a senior, he played at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots in singles and the No. 2 position in doubles. He was a steady, tough player who found a way to grind out a lot of wins.
Austin Woody (2013-17)
- Named All-GLIAC three times, including First Team as a junior and a senior
- Picked up 92 wins in his career
- Part of two GLIAC Championship and one GLIAC Tournament Championship teams
Austin came to Northwood in a tough spot - he was the only American player on the team and his dad was a local tennis legend in Midland. He worked hard to become an excellent player for the Timberwolves in his career. He was also one of the best leaders in this era of NU tennis.
Konstantin Zhukov (2012-16)
- Four-time All-GLIAC honoree
- Won 99 career matches
- Part of two GLIAC Championships and three GLIAC Tournament titles
Konstantin won more singles matches than any other Northwood player in the decade, going 60-17 in singles. Another player who showed steady improvement over the course of his four year career, he was always going to give his opponents a tough match.