MAC Announces Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/26/2008

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

Alex Birchmeier moved into 10th place all-time at WMU with 171 career wins after going 4-0 in matches against NCAA Division II No. 39 Ferris State and No. 57 Purdue last week. Birchmeier went 2-0 at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Ferris and a come-from-behind 6-7 (2), 6-0, 6-4 win against Purdue. Birchmeier came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to get his win against the Boilermakers. Birchmeier also posted a dominant 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles against the Boilermakers to help WMU to the MAC's first team victory against the Big Ten this season.


Other Nominations:


Alex Friesen, Northern Illinois

Senior Alex Friesen has not tasted defeat since late January as the Vancouver, British Columbia native has won his last seven singles matches, while he and teammate Jimmy Chu have won their last 10 matches at No. 2 doubles and have not lost since the fall. Friesen was the only Huskie to win a pair of matches against DePaul with a 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 win over Jose Moncada at No. 2 singles, while he and Chu downed Moncada and Vanja Grgec, 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. In singles action, Friesen is 19-6 on the season, while he and Chu are 15-4 overall


Shaun Bussert, Ball State

True freshman Shaun Bussert led the Cardinals with three straight singles victories at the Boise State Invitational last weekend. The tournament played singles first and only played doubles if needed. Bussert captured his tennis match over No. 65 Wichita State. After that the freshman continued with wins over Nevada and Portland.


Octavian Stane, Buffalo

Stane went undefeated over the weekend with a pair of singles wins and a doubles victory with partner Nikesh Singh Panthlia. Stane, who has won four straight singles matches since moving to the number three spot, needed three sets to defeat Mateusz Wodzinski of Robert Morris, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.  He also downed Duquesne's Zach Skorupka in straight sets. The Bulls split their matches, defeating Robert Morris, 6-0, but falling to Duquesne, 4-3.