Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
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.
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,