MAC Names Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/2/2011


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Kazuya Komada, Western Michigan - Senior, Osaka, Japan

Western Michigan senior Kazuya Komada won all three of his matches this past week, helping Western Michigan improve to 4-1 on the season and pick up wins over two regional opponents. Komada won at No. 1 singles against UIC's Alexander Raa 6-1, 6-3, and at No. 2 doubles, 8-6. Later that day against Valparaiso, Komada was part of the No. 1 doubles team that dominated with an 8-2 victory.

Additional Nominees:

George Tibil, Buffalo - Sophomore, Bucharest, Romania

Buffalo sophomore George Tibil won both his singles and doubles matches against Duquesne on January 30. In doubles, he combined with Vusa Hove at number two to defeat Kyle O'Leary and Pete Carpenter, clinching the doubles point for the Bulls. He also clinched the overall match for the Bulls, recording the fourth point in Buffalo's 4-3 win. Moving up to first singles for the first time in his career, he defeated Aram Abgaryan, 7-6(9), 6-3. Tibil is 5-2 in singles play this season and 3-0 during the dual meet season.

Sven Burus, Toledo - Senior, Slavonski Brod, Croatia

Toledo senior Sven Burus led the Rockets to a 3-1 record in their four-match weekend. He tallied a 6-2 record on the weekend between singles and doubles to pace the Rockets and help push their record to 4-2 early in the non-conference schedule. On Friday, Jan. 28, Burus picked up a pair of singles wins over Carr from Case Western (7-6[4], 6-2) and Burgin from Kenyon (6-2, 6-3), while also teaming with Aleks Elezovic to nab two doubles wins at the No. 1 slot as the Rockets blanked both teams 7-0. On Sunday, Jan. 30, Burus added a singles and doubles win in the Rockets' 4-3 victory over Bradley before dropping his only two matches of the weekend against No. 4 Ohio State, including a doubles loss to the national No. 25 team of Devin McCarthy and Balasz Novak, and a singles loss to No. 63 Chase Buchanon.

Previous Honorees:

Jan. 26:   Michael Calderone, Western Michigan