MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/27/2008

Men’s Tennis Player of the Week


Kazuya Komada
Western Michigan
Osaka, Japan (Kwansei)

Freshman Kazuya Komada posted an overall record of 5-1, the best record on the team, in a trio of matches last week. He was undefeated in singles as he climbed up the lineup. He started with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 against Michigan State, defeated the No. 25 player in the region, Reinoud Haal, of Iowa in come-from-behind fashion 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) at No. 4 and then clinched the victory over Cornell with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3. He also went 2-1 in doubles with freshman teammate Michael Calderone.


Other Nominations:


Eduardo Pavia, Ball State
Pavia went unfeated in singles and doubles play over the weekend helping the Cardinals win two straight victories over Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State. Pavia managed a 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles helping BSU win the doubles point to take an early edge over Eastern Kentucky. Pavia continued his winning ways with a No. 2 singles victory over Johannes John of EKU. Pavia then captured an 8-5 No. 2 doubles win against Indiana State. He remained undefeated over the weekend with a No. 2 singles victory over Jon Sigurdsson.


Nikesh Singh Panthlia, Buffalo

Nikesh Singh Panthlia scored two straight-set wins over the weekend for the 55th and 56th singles victories of his career. With the two wins, he moved ahead of Justin Brtko (1998-02), Yules Hadisubroto (2003-07) and Mike Proulx (1993-97) to step into fourth place on the all-time list. He defeated Manhattan's Mihai Nichifor, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9) on Friday and Toledo's Chris Clark in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. For the spring season, he is 9-1 playing at first or second singles and has won eight straight.


Sven Burus, Toledo

Burus went 4-0 in these two games. Burus and Chris Clark had the lone doubles win for the Rockets as they defeated CSU’s Robert Fox and Rob West, 8-6. Burus had an equal strength opponent in CSU’s Chris Klepatz where both sets went into a tiebreak. Burus came out ahead in both with the 7-6(4), 7-6 (4) win and point for the Rockets. Burus had a tough match where he lost the first match 4-6 to the Bulls Kirill Kolomytes. The next two sets didn’t get any easier for either opponent as they went into a tiebreaker in the second set. Burus prevailed and come out victorious to move his record to 15-7 on the season. Burus and Clark beat Buffalo's Kirill Kolomytes and Juan Carlos Wynter,
9-8 (3).