MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/31/2010


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Kazuya Komada, Western Michigan - Junior, Osaka, Japan

Junior Kazuya Komada earned his second win this season over a nationally-ranked singles opponent to lead the Broncos with a 5-1 record in a trio of matches over the weekend. Komada defeated #121 Tobias Wernet of #39 Minnesota 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Komada also defeated Louisville transfer Chris Herrlinger of Xavier 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at No. 1 singles. Komada and classmate Casey Cullen went a perfect 3-0 at No. 2 doubles with an 8-7 (5) win over the nationally-ranked Golden Gophers, 8-6 over UIC and 8-3 over two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Xavier. Komada is 14-5 in dual singles playing at the top two spots and he is 13-6 in doubles, including 9-0 at No. 2 with Cullen.

Additional Nominees:

Cliff Morrison, Ball State - Sophomore, South Africa

Sophomore Cliff Morrison posted a 2-1 overall mark at No. 2 singles at the Boise State Spring Break Classic.  Morrison defeated Steven Henderson in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-1) helping the Cardinals pull a 5-2 upset over No. 47 UC Irvine.  Morrison opened the classic with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over the No. 63 Idaho's Artem Kuznetson.

Knot Likitkumchorn, Toledo - Junior, Yala, Thailand

Junior Knot Likitkumchorn picked up a pair of victories as the Rockets dropped a narrow 4-3 decision at Buffalo on Saturday. Likitkumchorn defeated 2009 All-MAC Second Team honoree Kirill Kolomyts in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. He also paired with Leo Sarria to earn an 8-5 decision at No. 2 doubles. Likitkumchorn paces Toledo with 16 singles victories in 2009-10.

Previous Men's Tennis Players of the Week

January 28:          Aleksandar Elezovic - Toledo

February 3:           Michael Calderone - Western Michigan

February 10:         Casey Cullen - Western Michigan

February 17:         Knot Likitkumchorn - Toledo

February 24:         Kazuya Komada - Western Michigan

March 3:               Aleksandar Elezovic - Toledo

March 10:             Casey Cullen - Western Michigan

March 17:             Wojciech Starakiewicz - Buffalo

March 24:             Eduardo Pavia - Ball State

March 31:             Kazuya Komada - Western Michigan