MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER AND DOUBLES TEAM OF THE WEEK
MAC Men’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week
Simon Formont, Northern Illinois – Sophomore, Orleans, France
Northern Illinois sophomore Simon Formont has had a great start to the 2014 season in singles play, as he continued playing well in both of NIU's matches over the weekend. Formont defeated Michael Swank at Iowa on Friday 6-1, 6-4. On Sunday against IUPUI, he beat Akshay Verma 6-2, 6-2. With those victories, Formont's 2014 singles record is 10-0.
Akhil Mehta, Buffalo – Sophomore, Edmonton, Alberta
Buffalo sophomore Akhil Mehta won in straight sets at fifth singles to complete the 4-3 comeback win for Buffalo over Duquesne on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls had trailed 3-2 to the Dukes, but after a win at sixth singles, all eyes turned to Mehta, who swept Max Rubin to help move Buffalo to 4-1 while Duquesne would lose just its second dual of the year. Mehta went down early in the second set 2-1 before sweeping a critical walk over, breaking his opponents serve to go up 3-2. He would never look back, and won the second set 6-3.
Mark Singnil, Toledo – Junior, Samutsakorn, Thailand
Toledo junior Mark Singnil won two matches this weekend, extending his unbeaten streak to five matches, and improving his record to 8-3 on the season. On Friday, Feb. 14, Singnil helped the Rockets sweep Wayne State 7-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in No. 1 singles. Two days later, Singnil earned his second win of the season, scoring the only point of the match for Toledo, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in a loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay. Singnil is 6-1 in the No. 1 singles spot over his junior season.
Jimmy Beckwith, Western Michigan – Sophomore, Battle Creek, Mich. (Lakeview High School)
Western Michigan sophomore Jimmy Beckwith went 2-0 for the Broncos in a doubleheader against IPFW and UW-Green Bay, with his first singles win of the day making history for the Bronco program. Beckwith defeated the Mastodons' Andres Cobos 6-5 (6), 3-6, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles match, clinching the win in a 5-2 victory for the team. The win represented the 300th for Western Michigan head coach Dave Morin since taking the reins of the Bronco program, making him the second coach in program history to reach the mark. Beckwith recorded his second win of the day in the Broncos' 4-3 win over the Phoenix, beating Joey Leto 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles match.
MAC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Axel Lagerlof, Northern Illinois – Senior, Malmo, Sweden
Dor Amir, Northern Illinois – Junior, Tel Aviv, Israel
Northern Illinois senior Axel Lagerlof and junior Dor Amir have been recognized by the ITA as the 37th doubles team in the nation. Amir and Lagerlof kept up their strong season in doubles play over the weekend. On Friday at Iowa, the tandem bested Brian Alden and Michael Swank in a very close match, 8-7 (7-4). Against IUPUI on Sunday, they defeated Patrick O'Neill and Alex Toliver, 8-2. Lagerlof and Amir are now 9-1 together this season.
Boris Pak, Toledo–Freshman, Moscow, Russia
Roberto Meza, Toledo – Junior, Antofagasta, Chile
Toledo freshman Boris Pak and junior Roberto Meza teamed up in No. 3 to boost their record to 4-0 this season, going three-for-three over the weekend. The duo helped the Rockets beat both Wayne State and Dayton on Friday, Feb. 14 by scores of 6-2 and 6-5, respectively. On Sunday, Pak and Meza earned their third win of the weekend in a hard fought match against Wisconsin-Green Bay, winning 6-5 in their second consecutive tiebreaker.
Andrew Cahn, Western Michigan–Sophomore, West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield High School)
Michael Treis, Western Michigan – Sophomore, Brookfield, Wis. (Brookfield Central High School)
Western Michigan sophomore’s Andrew Cahn and Michael Treis went 2-0 for the Broncos in the doubleheader against IPFW and UW-Green Bay, helping Western Michigan clinch the doubles points in a pair of tight matches. Cahn and Treis opened the day with a tiebreaker win over IPFW's Martin Muadi and Gerard Guell in the No. 2 doubles match, clinching the point for the Broncos. The pairing won the first doubles match of the nightcap, blowing by the Phoenix's Michael Tebon and and Joey Leto for a 6-1 win in the No. 2 doubles match.