MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/21/2006

March 21, 2006

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MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nikesh Singh Panthlia - Buffalo
Soph. - George Town, Malaysia/BMK Penang Free School
Singh Panthlia went 3-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles action during UB's three matches at Hilton Head, S.C. Playing second singles, he defeated Dayton's James O'Connell and Bloomsburg's Daniel Phillips by identical 6-3, 6-3 scores. He moved up to first singles against Denison where he rallied for a three-set win over Jordan Buehler, 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3, to help the Bulls win five singles matches and claim a 5-1 win over the Big Red. For the season, he is 14-8 in singles play.

ADDITIONAL NOMINEES
Hermann Kuschke - IPFW
Fr. - Windhoek, Nambia/Van der Meer Academy
Kuschke went 2-0 in singles action and 1-0 in doubles action last week with wins over Robert Morris and Niagara University. Against Robert Morris, Kuschke won in straight sets (6-0, 6-0), over Thomas Delorie at No. 4. In doubles against the Colonials, Kuschke paired with David Lynall to defeat the team of Nick Paganetti and Scott Golmic, 8-2. Kuschke's win against Niagara's No. 4, Dawson Peare (6-0, 6-3), secured IPFW's win to bring them to 8-8 for the year. Overall Kuschke is 9-5 in singles and 2-1 in doubles since joining IPFW in January.

Bryan Norville - Western Michigan
So./Farmington Hills, Mich./Walled Lake Western HS
Norville went 2-0 for Western Michigan in a 7-0 victory over Ferris State last week. Norville was the first player off the court with dominant performances in singles and doubles. He teamed with senior Jeff French for the first time in his career and defeated Lewis DeGeneault and Kyle Halberg 8-2 at two doubles. He then dropped only one game in defeating Corey Banghart 6-0, 6-1 at six singles.

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. 8 - Alex Birchmeier, Western Michigan
Mar. 15 - Joe Epkey, Ball State
Mar. 22 - Nikesh Singh Panthlia, Buffalo