April 18, 2006
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MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tony Epkey - Ball State
Senior - Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove HS
Epkey was an integral part of the Cardinals earning at least a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title after going 4-0 last week. In Tuesday's match versus IPFW, Epkey picked up his ninth win of the season at No. 3 singles when he downed Hermann Kuschke (IPFW) 6-1, 6-1. Epkey also teamed with brother, Jarrod, at No. 2 doubles to secure an 8-5 victory over Gonzalez and Salgado. More importantly, Tony aided the Cardinals in two points versus No. 52 Western Michigan Saturday. He and brother Jarrod sparked BSU's momentum when they were the first match to finish and win at No. 2 doubles. The duo took down WMU's Birchmeier and Orozco 8-5 and added its 10th win at the No. 2 position this season. The victory, which improved the duo's record to 4-0 in MAC play, was also the 21st overall for the brother tandem during 2005-06. In singles play versus WMU, Tony picked up the Cardinals' third point in the outing after downing Birchmeier 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
Mike Rockman - Buffalo
Junior - Toronto, Ontario
Rockman went 5-1 overall in competition versus IPFW, Northern Illinois and Niagara. He went 3-0 in singles, increasing his career win total to 65 in singles, the second highest total in school history and four shy of the record.
Adam Ford - Northern Illinois
Sophomore - Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central
Ford went 3-1 overall and 2-0 in singles play versus Buffalo and Toledo. His performance included a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win versus the Rockets.
Tony Tran - Toledo
Senior - Wyoming, Mich./Park HS
Tran was 2-0 in a win over Northern Illinois as he and Mohammed Al Nabhani captured an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles. Tran also took a 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 triumph at No. 2 singles.
Tim Bradshaw - Western Michigan
Junior - Bromsgrove, England/St. Augustine HS
Bradshaw went 2-0 versus Ball State as he won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and teamed with Jeff French for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.
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
Mar. 28 - Brady Crosby, Western Michigan
Apr. 4 - Matt Baccarani, Ball State
Apr. 11 - Jared Miller, Toledo
Apr. 18 - Tony Epkey, Ball State