March 29, 2005
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The Mid-American Conference announced it's Men's Tennis Player of the Week today. The award went to Buffalo Senior Josh Liederman (Queens Village, N.Y./Benjamin Cardozo). Liederman clinched the 4-3 victory over Toledo with a third-set tiebreaker win over Toledo's Travis Curran. Liederman, playing No. 4 singles, won the match, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) to give the Bulls their third straight win over the Rockets in the last two seasons.
Paul Newman, Ball State, Sr. (Pretoria, South Africa/Pretoria Boys)
Newman went 3-1 in singles and 3-1 in doubles over the weekend at the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Invitational in Boise,Idaho. His efforts helped BSU finish fifth out of 16 teams. He started off the weekend by defeating Cal Poly SLO's David Jones 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 at the No. 4 singles position. He also teamed with fellow senior Klint Knable for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles in
route to BSU winning the match 5-2. In the Cardinals' 5-2 win over Wichita State, Newman downed Moti Eisikovits 7-5, 6-2 after teaming with Knable for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles. Lastly, Newman was an integral part in Ball State defeating No. 60 Nebraska to earn fifth place with his 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles over Joerg Barthel and his 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Brady Crosby, Western Michigan, So. (Livonia, Mich.)
Crosby went 4-0 on the weekend, helping WMU to a league win over IPFW and a non-conference victory versus Ferris State. He and senior Tommy Dennis were 2-0 at No. 1 doubles, including an 8-0 victory over the Mastadons. He also posted a pair of straight-set singles decisions at No. 4 and No. 3 as the Broncos earned two 7-0 wins.