MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/9/2008

Men’s Player of the Week

Alex Birchmeier
Western Michigan
Senior ● Midland, Mich. (H. H. Dow)

Alex Birchmeier moved into ninth all-time at WMU in career wins with 179 after going undefeated against No. 63 William & Mary and at previous co-MAC leader Toledo. Birchmeier started the week by picking up two wins against the nationally-ranked Tribe. Birchmeier helped WMU clinch the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 and then picked up one of the much-needed three singles wins with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 3. The win was impressive as Pagon picked up the deciding point in W&M's upset of No. 34 Notre Dame two days later. Birchmeier came back into conference play and remained perfect in the MAC (6-0) with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles to give Toledo its first MAC loss.

Other Nominations:

Jorge Rodriguez, Ball State
Rodriguez went 1-1 in singles play last week with a loss to No. 34 Notre Dame. Rodriguez helped the Cardinals remain undefeated in the MAC after posting a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles over the Huskies Adam Ford. Rodriguez along with teammate Jose Perdomo defeated Brian Livingston and Ford 9-8 at No. 1 doubles.

Sven Burus, Toledo
Burus had tough opponents in Ohio State but battled through. He was defeated by No. 33 Steven Moneke in singles and Moneke/Balazsnovak in doubles with partner Chris Clark. Burus came back on Sunday and and fought through a tough WMU squad. He beat Kazuya Komada in a thiebreaker and was defeated by Birchmeier/Norville in a close 8-5 doubles match.

Alex Friesen, Northern Illinois
Senior Alex Friesen continued his winning ways as he went a combined 4-0 this weekend in MAC action against both Buffalo and Ball State. Friesen, who has not lost a match in singles or doubles since January 27, extended his singles winning streak to 10 with victories over Buffalo's Marcello Mazzetto (3-6, 6-4, 1-0) and Ball State's Eduardo Pavia (6-3, 7-6) at No. 2 singles. Friesen and doubles partner Jimmy Chu increased their winning streak to 13 matches, the longest in NIU history since 1981, with wins over Buffalo's Mazzetto and Juan Carlos Wynter (8-2) and Ball State's Pavia and Joe Vallee (9-8). For the year, Friesen is 22-6 in singles play, while he and Chu are 18-4 overall.