MAC Names Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/16/2011

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES MEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Dalton Albertin, Ball State - Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central High School)

Ball State sophomore Dalton Albertin helped the Cardinals go 2-0 last Friday after defeating Valparaiso, 7-0, and IUPUI, 6-1.  Albertin played at the No. 1 singles position in both matches capturing a 6-0, 5-7, 10-6 victory over Jose Gasper from Valparaiso and then went on to beat Nick Volz of IUPUI in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the night match.  Albertin also paired up with Alex Brym to win 9-8 (5) at No. 2 doubles over the Jaguars.  With the wins, Albertin improves his overall record to 6-1.

Additional Nominees:

Wojciech Starakiewicz, Buffalo - Junior, Warsaw, Poland

Buffalo junior Wojciech Starakiewicz won at first singles for the Bulls at Penn State after sitting out the match against Duquesne two weeks earlier. The junior rolled past Eddie Bourchier in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to remain perfect in dual meet competition this season. Starakiewicz is 3-0 in dual competition and is 8-3 overall in 2010-11. His eight singles wins this season is second on the team.

Aleksandar Elezovic, Toledo - Senior, Belgrade, Serbia

Toledo senior Aleksandar Elezovic once again led the way for Toledo as they put together a 2-1 record last weekend. Elezovic had a 4-2 combined record in singles and doubles to help the Rockets secure victories against Wright State and IUPUI, and extended a tough match at No. 1 against ITA No. 45 Indiana. Hosting Wright State on Friday, Elezovic battled to a 6-4, 7-6(2) decision over Wright State's Alafriz while also partnering with Sven Burus to help take the doubles point with an 8-4 win. Elezovic cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over IUPUI's Mojsejev on Sunday and teamed up with Terence Weigand for an 8-3 win in doubles. Against No. 45 Indiana, Elezovic won the first game in the tiebreak at No. 1 but fell in the final two games to lose a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1 decision to Langer. He teamed with Weigand once more but dropped a close 8-6 decision against the Hoosiers. Elezovic is now 13-8 overall (6-3 in duals) in singles play and 21-4 (9-3 in duals) in doubles.

Casey Cullen, Western Michigan - Senior, Beverly Hills, Mich. (Birmingham Seaholm High School)

Western Michigan senior Casey Cullen won all three of his matches that were completed this past week, helping Western Michigan improve to 6-2 on the year. Cullen won both his singles and doubles matches against No. 59 Binghamton Friday. At No. 5 singles, he came from behind to clinch the match-winning point and give his team a 4-3 victory, defeating Ruben Davis, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. At No. 3 doubles, he teamed up with Pablo Olivarez for an 8-5 win. The following day against No. 40 Nebraska, Cullen was part of Western Michigan's lone win of the day at No. 3 doubles, again pairing with Olivarez, this time for a dominating 8-1 win. Cullen's singles match against the Huskers was abandoned.

Previous Honorees:

Jan. 26:  Michael Calderone, Western Michigan

Feb. 2:    Kazuya Komada, Western Michigan

Feb. 9:    Aleksandar Elezovic, Toledo