Ferris State University's Esunge Ndumbe has earned two major Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional awards, being named the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Player and Player to Watch. Ndumbe, a sophomore, was instrumental in leading the Bulldogs to the 2024 GLIAC Championship. He now advances for consideration in the national award categories. His season saw him achieving a 20-7 singles record and a 13-8 doubles record with partner Alessandro Santangelo. Ndumbe is currently ranked 20th nationally in singles and 40th in doubles.

By the Numbers
  • Singles record: 20-7
  • Doubles record: 13-8
  • Ranked 20th nationally in singles
  • Ranked 40th nationally in doubles
  • Ferris State overall record: 17-5
Yes, But

Although Ndumbe has shown impressive performance, winning the national awards is still contingent on strong competition ahead. His advancement to the number one singles spot reflects significant improvement, yet also comes with increased pressure and expectations.

State of Play
  • Ferris State won both the regular season and tournament championships in the GLIAC.
  • Mark Doren's leadership has guided the Bulldogs to their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
What's Next

The national award winners will be announced on May 21. Should Ndumbe win these awards, it would further highlight his pivotal role in the Bulldogs' successful season and bolster his reputation nationally.

Bottom Line

Esunge Ndumbe's dual regional awards mark a significant achievement in his college tennis career, showcasing his development and impact on Ferris State's successful season. The upcoming national award announcements will be pivotal for his continued recognition.