The University of Toledo men’s tennis team will continue Mid-American Conference play this weekend as they put their 10-match win streak on the line, hosting Ball State Sunday, April 10.
The match is slated for 1 p.m. at Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Maumee.The Rockets are 2-0 in MAC play; this includes a 5-2 win over 2010 season champs Buffalo.
“We have 21 dual-match wins so far, and that’s the most ever for this program,” said Head Coach Al Wermer.
“Last Friday, we beat Big East power Marquette in their own on-campus facility. That was something we had never accomplished before,” he added.
The Rockets have relied heavily on their team’s depth, playing multiple lineups and having several different players step up over the course of the win streak.
“Player development is part of our foundation here,” Wermer said. “Sometimes we get caught up in the trees and don’t see the forest. The fact is that none of our players have let their foot off the gas throughout our extremely challenging season. Even under pressures of competition, the guys have continued, highly motivated, to simply get better.”
Senior captain Sven Burus has been named the MAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week following a strong performance in Toledo’s three matches this past weekend.
He went a perfect 6-0 in his singles and doubles contests to lead the way to the Rockets’ 21st win of the season, the most wins accumulated in a single season in the history of the program.
In the first match against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Burus and Aleksandar Elezovic won 8-3 in the top doubles draw, while Burus also picked up a 6-4, 6-0 decision in No. 3 singles to help Toledo to a 6-1 win. Later in the day, Burus again claimed wins in No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles against Marquette, leading Toledo to a 4-3 win. Finally, Burus picked up his fifth and sixth wins of the weekend at No. 2 singles and doubles in Toledo’s 7-0 win over Chicago State, giving Toledo their 10th consecutive victory.
Burus is the third different Rocket to earn the honor this season and fifth overall.