WMU's Calderone Recognized as MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/4/2009


MAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

Michael Calderone ? Western Michigan

Sophomore - Grass Lake, Mich. (Jackson Lumen Christi)

Michael Calderone was a perfect 4-0 for the Broncos in a pair of road wins at Butler and Purdue last weekend. Calderone was critical in the Broncos' picking up another victory over a Big Ten opponent and on its home court at Purdue. He won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles and then came back from losing the first set to win 7-5 in a third set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory for WMU. Against Butler, he won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles and picked up a straight-set triumph at No. 2 singles. Calderone leads the team with an 18-6 mark in singles and he is second on the team with 15 doubles wins.


Additional Nominees

Jose Perdomo ? Ball State

Senior - Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (Colegio San Jose)

Perdomo helped Ball State even its overall record to 2-2 after defeating Dayton 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.  Perdomo did not lose a set posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.  Perdomo then went on to win at No. 1 doubles over the Flyers, 8-3.


Wade Ward ? Toledo

Senior - Cincinnati, OH (Indian Hill)

Ward finished the weekend undefeated in match play, winning three singles and three doubles matches. Ward’s weekend included 6-1, 6-2 wins over Tyler Cempre of Denison and Adam Erickson of Case Western in No. 4 singles. vs. Wayne State: No. 3 Doubles - Jay Miller/Wade Ward def. Eric Szydlowski/Michael Savalle, 8-2; No. 4 Singles - Ward def. Kevin Turnbull, 7-5, 6-3... Denison: No. 2 Doubles - Jay Miller/Ward def. Evan Verbofsky/Tyler Cempre, 8-3; No. 4 Singles - Ward def. Tyler Cempre 6-1, 6-2... Case Western: No. 2 Doubles - Jay Miller/Ward def. Allen Ye/Kenneth Nguyen 8-2; No. 3 Singles - Ward def. Adam Erickson 6-1, 6-2



Previous Honorees

Jan. 20: Jurica Grubisic ? Northern Illinois

Jan. 27: Sven Buurus, Toledo; and Michael Calderone, Western Michigan


Upcoming Schedule

February 6 ? Friday

Chicago at Chicago State, 7 p.m.


February 7 ? Saturday

IUPUI at Ball State, 1 p.m.

Youngstown State at Buffalo, 10 a.m.

Toledo at Michigan State, 12 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Western Illinois, 2 p.m.


February 8 ? Sunday

Toledo at IPFW, 8:30 a.m.

Detroit at Ball State, 1 p.m.

Toledo at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.


Last Week’s Results

January 30 - Friday

Western Michigan 6, at Butler 1

January 31 ? Saturday

At Iowa 6, Northern Illinois 1

Western Michigan 4, at Purdue 3


February 1 ? Sunday

at Toledo 7, Wayne State 0

at Toledo 7, Denison 0

at Toledo 6, Case Western 1