MAC Names Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 1/27/2011


For Immediate Release-Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Michael Calderone, Western Michigan - Senior, Grass Lake, Mich. (Jackson Lumen Christi High School)

Western Michigan senior Michael Calderone went 4-0 this week, winning two No. 1 doubles matches and both of No. 1 singles matches in play against defending Horizon League champion Cleveland State and Big Ten opponent Purdue. On Friday against Cleveland State, Calderone dropped the first set, 6-3, but fought back from behind in the second set and won in a tie breaker, 9-7. He then went on to take the super tie breaker, 10-8. He also was victorious in double play, 8-6. On Saturday against Purdue, Calderone fought his way from behind again in singles play, and won the match clinching point to give Western Michigan a 4-3 victory. Again, it was no easy task, as all three sets went into tiebreakers and Calderone eventually came out on top 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (8-6). He was part of Western Michigan's first point of the match with an 8-5 win at doubles. With his four wins, Calderone moved into the top five in all-time career wins at Western Michigan.

Additional Nominees:

George Tibil, Buffalo - Sophomore, Bucharest, Romania

Buffalo sophomore George Tibil went 3-0 in his matches as the Bulls opened the spring season in Rhode Island with matches against Brown and Bryant. Tibil, playing in the fourth slot, defeated Brown's Tom Deighton in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6. In the nightcap against Bryant, Tibil moved to the number two slot and knocked off Hart Callahan, 6-3, 6-4. He also paired with Vusa Hove to defeat Brown's Charlie Posner and Sam Fife, 8-4, in the number three doubles match.

Aleksandar Elezovic, Toledo - Senior, Belgrade, Serbia

Toledo senior Aleksandar Elezovic recorded a perfect 2-0 singles mark on the opening weekend of the 2011 season. He defeated Detroit Mercy's Nick Tolomei 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in Toledo's 6-1 win, and followed Sunday with an impressive comeback win over ITA No. 39 Alex Musialek in Toledo's 6-1 loss to No. 12 Kentucky. After losing the first set, 2-6, Elezovic came back to win the second set in the tiebreak, 7-6(3), then prevailed in set three, 6-4, to pick up the win over one of the top singles players in the country. Elezovic also teamed with Sven Burus to win at No. 1 doubles at UDM, defeating Tolomei/Butts, 8-3.