MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/8/2009


MAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

Eduardo Pavia ? Ball State

Sophomore - Carolina, Puerto Rico

Pavia helped the Cardinals go 2-0 in Mid-American Conference action last weekend with a 6-1 road win at Buffalo and a 4-3 win at Toledo.  Pavia won at No. 2 singles over Buffalo Friday.  Then on Sunday it came down to Pavia's three set victory match over senior Jared Miller to notch the 4-3 win for the Cardinals over the Rockets.  With the wins Pavia improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the MAC.


Additional Nominees


Jurica Grubisic ? Northern Illinois

Freshman - Sibenik, Croatia (Gimnazija Kraljica jelena)

Grubisic recorded his team-leading eighth singles win in NIU's MAC-opening win over Chicago State, before falling in a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 decision against two-time first-team All-MAC selection Kevin Hayward from Western Michigan.  In doubles action, Grubisic teamed with Shaun Stewart to post an 8-6 win over Chicago State. 


Knot Likitkumchorn ? Toledo

Sophomore - Yala, Thailand/Triam Udom Suksa

Likitkumchorn picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ball State’s Cliff Morrison. Likitkumchorn’s win came in a tightly contested battle with the Cardinals.


Kevin Hayward ? Western Michigan

Senior - Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer)

Hayward led Western Michigan to its fifth consecutive victory and fourth straight shut out in a 7-0 victory over Northern Illinois. Hayward started by winning his fourth in a row with freshman Zeyad Montasser and improved to 25-15 overall this season with an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Hayward then won his fifth consecutive match at No. 1 singles by coming back from 4-0 down and trailing 40-15 in the fifth game to win 7-5, 6-2 over Jurica Grubisic, who had only lost three times in dual matches prior to playing Hayward. With his two wins, Hayward took sole possession of seventh place all-time in career wins with 185.


Previous Honorees

Jan. 20: Jurica Grubisic ? Northern Illinois

Jan. 27: Sven Buurus - Toledo; and Michael Calderone - Western Michigan

Feb. 4: Michael Calderone, Western Michigan

Feb. 11: Jose Perdomo, Ball State

Feb. 18: Kazuya Komada ? Western Michigan

Feb. 25: Jared Miller ? Toledo

Mar. 4: Kazuya Komada ? Western Michigan

Mar. 11: Casey Cullen, Western Michigan

Mar: 18: Eduardo Pavia, Ball State; and Jonathan Sutjiadi, Chicago State

Mar. 25: Kazuya Komada ? Western Michigan

Apr. 1: Cliff Morrison ? Ball State



This Week’s Schedule

Saturday ? April 11

Western Michigan at Ball State, 1:00

Northern Illinois at Toledo, 1:00


Sunday ? April 12

Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 10 a.m.


Monday ? April 13

Notre Dame at Ball State, 1:00


Last Week’s Results

April 1 - Wednesday

Olivet Nazarene 5, at Chicago State 4


April 2 ? Thursday

Northern Illinois 7, at Chicago State 0


April 4 ? Saturday

Ball State 6, at Buffalo 1

at Western Illinois 4, Chicago State


April 5 ? Sunday

Ball State 4, at Toledo 3

Western Michigan 7, at Northern Illinois 0

Southwest Baptist 6,. Chicago State 1 (at Macomb)