MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the week

Updated 4/19/2005

April 19, 2005

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The Mid-American Conference announced it's Men's Tennis Player of the Week today. The award went to Ball State Senior Matt Laramore (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central). Laramore won the decisive match in BSU's 4-3 win over Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan Saturday afternoon. After WMU won the doubles point, BSU went on a singles run to secure three wins before Laramore and Jose Orozco's decisive match. Laramore ended up winning the match in straight sets 7-5, 7-5. With the win BSU owns at least a share of the regular season title before the upcoming weekend's matches.

Aditional Nominees-

Mike Rockman , Buffalo, So. (Toronto, Ontario/Thornlea)
Rockman became the single-season victories leader in UB's Division I history when he defeated Niagara's Erick Garcia, 6-0, 6-4, for his 25th win in 2004-05. He also defeated IPFW's Nabil Mourad Filho on Saturday for his 26th win of the year and passed Randy Rocchio for fourth place on the career wins list with 46.

Ian Leonhardt, IPFW, Sr. (Buenos Aires/Argentina)
Leonhardt went undefeated in both singles and doubles for the weekend leading his team to a 6-1 victory vs. Loyola College (MD) and a close 5-2 loss to MAC rival Buffalo. Ian went 2-0 in singles picking up a MAC win at No. 4 singles versus Buffalo's Josh Liederman 6-4, 7-6(5) and was also victorious versus Loyola College's (MD) Nick Bowers by a score of 6-1, 6-2 playing at the No. 2 singles position. In doubles he fi nished 2-0. He fi rst picked up a win with partner Carlos Gonzalez against Buffalo's Liederman/Rockman by the score of 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. He then finished off the perfect weekend by teaming with Landry Nzudie at No. 1 doubles to defeat Loyola College's (MD) No. 1 team of McDonough/Bowers by the score of 8-1.

Willy Gali, Northern Illinois, Sr.(Barcelona, Spain /Ies Avsias March)
Gali won two more singles matches to run his career-long singles winning streak to 18 matches and help push NIU to a pair of victories last week. Gali lost just two games total while earning the two victories at No.1, defeating Chicago State's Prabowa Imanuel 6-1, 6-1 before topping Toledo's Tony Tran 6-0, 6-0. Also added a No. 1 doubles victory against CSU, chalking up an 8-2 win over Imanuel and Ptrakoso Imanuel.