April 27, 2005
Matko Maravic, Michigan
FR, Zagreb, Croatia/V. Gimnazija
Maravic, ranked 87th in the nation in singles last week, played an instrumental role in Michigan's important Big Ten victories over Indiana (5-2) and Penn State (6-1). The Wolverines' wins helped U-M finish in third place in the Big Ten, its highest finish since 1999. Last Saturday against the Hoosiers, Maravic knocked off No. 57 Jakub Praibis 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 and then followed with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 upset of Penn State's Mark Barry on Sunday. Maravic and teammate Brian Hung won both their doubles matches at No. 1 over the weekend, helping U-M secure the doubles point against both opponents. Maravic finished the regular season with team-best records of 20-12 overall and 15-8 against dual match opponents. Maravic and Hung, ranked 59th in the national doubles poll, hold a team-best 12-5 doubles record, including an 8-2 mark in the Big Ten. They have been victorious in 10 of their last 12 matches.
This is the fourth Athlete of the Week selection of the year for Maravic.