MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 1/28/2010


For Immediate Release-Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Aleksandar Elezovic, Toledo - Junior, Belgrade, Serbia

Junior Aleksandar Elezovic went 5-1 in his singles and doubles matches on the weekend as the Rockets started their season 2-1. Elezovic, playing at both number two and number four singles on Friday, earned straight set victories over opponents from Duquesne and Youngstown State, while also taking victories at second doubles in both matches. His singles victory against Duquesne clinched the Rockets' 4-3 win over the Dukes. Elezovic's lone setback was a three-set singles loss to two-time all-Atlantic 10 Conference honoree J.T. Torbeck.

Additional Nominees:

Eduardo Pavia, Ball State - Junior, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Junior Eduardo Pavia opened the weekend with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Dayton's Michael Rohana at No. 1 singles.  Pavia then claimed a No. 2 doubles victory alongside partner Alexandre Brym over Robbie McCallum and Bryce Warnock by a score of 8-6.  Pavia helped the Cardinals go undefeated over the weekend after defeating Dayton and Valparaiso 7-0.  With the wins Ball State improved its overall record to 2-1.

George Tibil, Buffalo - Freshman, Bucharest, Romania

Freshman George Tibil clinched the winning point in Buffalo's 4-3 victory at Brown on January 23 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Luciano Mussella at fifth singles. The win was Buffalo's first ever over an Ivy League program. Tibil continued the weekend with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Thomas Nowak of Bryant to start the dual season at 2-0. He is 6-4 overall this season. In doubles, he combined at number two with Marcelo Mazzetto for a pair of wins. Tibil leads the Bulls with 10 doubles wins this season.

Michael Calderone, Western Michigan - Junior, Grass Lake, Mich. (Jackson Lumen Christi High School)

Junior Michael Calderone led the Broncos to a doubleheader sweep of #74 DePaul and in-state rival Detroit on Sunday. Calderone teamed with his younger brother, Thomas, to win 8-6 over the Blue Demons and 8-5 over the Titans in doubles action. Calderone played No. 1 singles against nationally-ranked DePaul and clinched the victory with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) triumph over Ben Hartman. He came back and played No. 2 singles against Detroit and won handily 6-1, 6-1 over Patrick Troy. With his 4-0 weekend, Calderone increased his career wins to 140.

Previous Men's Tennis Players of the Week

Jan. 28:  Aleksandar Elezovic - Toledo