MAC Names Men's Co-Tennis Player and Doubles Team of the Week

Updated 1/24/2014

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES MEN’S CO-TENNIS PLAYERS AND DOUBLES TEAMS OF THE WEEK

MAC Men’s Tennis Singles Co-Player of the Week
Pablo Alvarez, Buffalo – Sophomore, Madrid, Spain
Buffalo sophomore Pablo Alvarez provided the clinching point at second singles and also won his double match as the Bulls upset Cornell in its Spring opener Sunday afternoon. The Big Red were ranked 53rd in the nation in the Jan. 2 Top 75 rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. To start off the day, he teamed with Sebastian Ionescu to provide a 6-2 win to open doubles play, which Buffalo would win. He then locked horns in singles play with Jason Luu, taking the first set 6-2. After dropping the second set, he would rally back and force a tiebreaker in the deciding match with the overall score knotted at 3-3. He would win 7-3 in the tiebreaker to give Buffalo its first win ever in the 25 meetings between the two schools.
 
Mark Singnil, Toledo – Junior, Samutsakorn, Thailand
Toledo junior Mark Singnil went 2-1 on the weekend in No. 2 singles, claiming a 6-5, 6-5 win against Justin Rossi of No. 26 Michigan on Saturday and a 2-6, 6-3, 10-3 win against Ricky Medinilla from Purdue on Monday.
 
Additional Nominees:
Ray Leonard, Ball State – Junior, Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North High School)
Ball State junior Ray Leonard went undefeated in his two season opening matches last weekend at No. 1 singles.  He managed a straight set victory over Detroit's Bobby Cawood (6-1, 6-4) Saturday and then closed out play with a 6-4, 6-5 (6) victory over IPFW's Daniel Kang.  Leonard also went 2-0 at No. 1 doubles with partner Patrick Elliot with a 6-2 win over Detroit and a 6-3 defeat over IPFW.
 
Frederic Cadieux, Northern Illinois – Junior, Verdun, Quebec
Northern Illinois junior Frederic Cadieux put in a strong performance in the first tennis match of the year for NIU at No. 30 Drake. He, along with teammate Simon Formont, was able to seal the doubles point for the Huskies by taking the third doubles match in a 6-5 (3) final. For his singles match, Cadieux took on No. 123 Matt Frost in the No. 3. He was able to beat the nationally ranked player in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
 
Nadin Indre, Western Michigan – Senior, Satu Mare, Romania
Western Michigan senior Nadin Indre opened the season with a pair of wins at No. 1 singles for the Broncos, defeating the top singles players for Detroit and #26 Michigan in Western Michigan's first two dual matches of the year.  Indre cruised past Detroit's Patryk Koscielski 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match, putting the Broncos up 3-0 in a match they ultimately went on to win by a 7-0 score. Indre helped the Broncos tie the match score against #26 Michigan a week later, downing Alex Petrone 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match to make it a 1-1 team match.  Indre leads the Broncos with a 13-8 overall singles record this season, including a perfect 3-0 record in No. 1 singles matches.
 
 
MAC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Dor Amir, Northern Illinois – Junior, Tel Aviv, Israel
Axel Lagerlof, Northern Illinois – Senior, Malmo, Sweden
Northern Illinois Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof teamed up to upset the eighth-ranked doubles team from Drake on Friday, January 17. The pairing took down Ryan Goodman and Ravi Patel, 6-3. 
 
Additional Nominees:
Patrick Elliott, Ball State – Junior, Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville High School)
Ray Leonard, Ball State – Junior, Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North High School)
Ball State juniors Patrick Elliott and Ray Leonard opened spring play with a 2-0 record at No. 1 singles last weekend.  The Ball State duo took down Detroit Mercy's Ismail Kadyrov and Rafael Orantes 6-2 in their first match and then Sunday managed a 6-3 victory over Daniel Kang and Andres Cobos.  The two wins helped the Cardinals to start out non-conference action undefeated.
 
Pablo Alvarez, Buffalo – Sophomore, Madrid, Spain
Sebastian Ionescu, Buffalo – Junior, Braila, Romania
Buffalo sophomore Pablo Alvarez and junior Sebastian Ionescu won their double match as the Bulls upset Cornell in its Spring opener Sunday afternoon. The Big Red were ranked 53rd in the nation in the Jan. 2 Top 75 rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Alvarez and teamed Ionescu provided a 6-2 win to open doubles play, which Buffalo would win to give Buffalo its first win ever in the 25 meetings between the two schools.
 
Nadin Indre, Western Michigan – Senior, Sate Mare, Romania
Stephen  Payne, Western Michigan – Sophomore, Livonia, Mich. (Livonia  Franklin High School)
Western Michigan senior Nadin Indre and sophomore Stephen Payne split a pair of No. 1 doubles matches to open the season, including a win over the No. 1 doubles pairing for Detroit to help the Broncos clinch the doubles point in a 7-0 match.  Indre and Payne defeated Detroit's Jay Joshi and Chance Conley by a 6-2 score to make themselves the first doubles match off the court, a win that put the Broncos in position to clinch the doubles point against the Titans.  Indre and Payne just narrowly fell to #26 Michigan's Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks in No. 1 doubles in the Broncos' next match, falling 6-4.