March 11, 2006
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MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Birchmeier -Western Michigan
So. - Midland, Mich./H.H. Dow
Birchmeier won four matches at the HEB Collegiate Team Championships to help the Broncos claim victories against
three-nationally ranked teams. Birchmeier opened the tournament by teaming with Jose Orozco to defeat No. 74 UNLV's doubles team 8-3. He then came back to win at four singles 7-6 (6), 7-3 (3). Then in the Broncos win against No. 50 Nebraska he won again at two doubles, 8-3, to help defeat the Cornhuskers. In the final day of the tournament he won 6-2, 7-6 (4) at No. 5 singles against No. 63 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to help win that match. He also was only one game, 7-4, from winning again at No. 2 doubles when the Broncos clinched the doubles point.
Albert Alant - Buffalo
Jr. - Pretoria, South Africa/Niskayuna HS (NY)
Alant was the deciding factor in UB's 4-3 win over regional rival St. Bonaventure. Alant needed to win two tiebreakers over Victor Lecina in the number five singles match to claim the win for the Bulls. Alant won the first set, 7-6 (7-2 in the tiebreaker), but dropped the second set, 6-1, to set up the climactic third set. Again Alant was forced into a tiebreaker by Lecina and prevailed, 7-3, to give UB the match.
Brian Livingston - Northern Illinois
Fr. - Skokie, Ill. / Niles North
Livingston went unbeaten for the weekend capturing a pair of victories in the No. 1 singles position and earning two wins along with partner Alex Friesen in the No. 1 doubles slot. In singles, he was a 6-4, 6-4 straight set winner of UWGB veteran Tim Prudlow before notching a dominating 6-1, 6-0 victory over Bradley's Marko Marevic. In doubles, he and Friesen were 8-6 winners against the Phoenix and used that same tally for a win versus Bradley.
Mohammed Al Nabhani - Toledo
Fr. - Muscat, Oman (Texas Tech Univ. HS)
Al Nabhani won both of his matches against #75 Columbia on Sunday, the only Rocket to do so. The freshman defeated a solid player in Jimmy Moore at first singles 6-3, 2-6, 7-6. At first doubles, Al Nabhani and partner Tony Tran got the better of Jimmy and Marty Moore 8-5.
This Year's Honorees
Jan. 17 - Matt Baccarani, Ball State
Jan. 24 - Tim Bradshaw, Western Michigan
Jan. 31 - Mohammed Al Nabhani, Toledo
Feb. 7 - Jose Orozco, Western Michigan
Feb. 15 - Hermann Kuschke, IPFW
Feb. 21 - Tim Bradshaw, Western Michigan and Patrick Thompson, Ball State
Feb. 28 - Jeff French, Western Michigan
Mar. 6 - Alex Birchmeier, Western Michigan