Alex Bucewicz
Alex Bucewicz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Melbourne, Australia

High School:
Salesian College

Height:
5-7

Experience:
4L

Awards:
Commissioner's Honor Roll (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005); Tiger Academic 30 (2003, 2004); Tiger 3.0 (2003, 2004); C-USA Second Team (2005); M-Club Male Student-Athlete of the Year (2005)


A four-year letterwinner for the men's tennis team, Alex Bucewicz became the second Tiger in school history to earn a national singles ranking earlier in 2005. Bucewicz finished his Tiger career with a record of 89-41 in singles and 63-34 in doubles. He earned a degree in Exercise Science and wants to work on a master's degree before returning to his native Australia and hopefully working for the Institute of Sport in Melbourne.

Spring 2005: Became the second Tiger in as many years to earn a national singles ranking from the ITA, ranking during three periods in his final semester. He tied for the team lead with 13 singles victories, finishing with a 6-9 mark at No. 1 and a 7-1 record at No. 2 singles. He also teamed with Marten Tamla at No. 2 doubles, posting a 9-7 record, and teaming with Garrison Pilant for an 0-2 mark....Was named the M-Club Male Student-Athlete of the Year in April of 2005 and was named a Conference USA Second Team honoree in May, his first all-conference award and his sixth career award from the league following five player of the week honors throughout his four-year career.

Fall 2004: Was named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher...Finished the fall with a record of 5-3 and a doubles record of 2-3 while being teamed with three different doubles partners...Was 1-1 with fellow senior Scott Felsenthal and 1-1 with fellow senior Marten Tamla...Teamed with junior James Spence for an 0-1 doubles mark...Dropped his first singles match of the fall, but recovered to advance to the consolation finals of the Middle Tennessee Fall Invitational before the consolation matches were rained out...Upended his first ranked opponent of the year with a 4-6,6-2, 10-4 win over No. 114 Boris Kuharic of Oklahoma State at the RazorRacket Invitational in Fayetteville...Advanced to the semifinals of that tournament before falling to Southwest Baptist's Dante Cipulli, 5-7, 6-2, 10-5...Was a main draw singles participant at the ITA Southeast Regional where he fell to Kentucky's Nolan Polley.

Spring 2004: Finished second on the squad with 14 wins, one behind current assistant coach Lee Taylor Walker...Was 14-8 at No. 3 singles and 0-1 at No. 4...Teamed with Marten Tamla to post an 11-4 mark at No. 2 doubles and teamed with Sam Withell to post an 0-1 mark at No. 2 doubles...Was named an ITA Scholar Athlete.

Fall 2003: Went 5-4 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play...In singles, won his opening round match against Florida A&M's Zura Zhvania, 7-6, 6-2, before falling to the nation's No. 11-ranked player, Romain Ambert, 6-3, 6-2, in the Round of 64...His appearance in the quarterfinals at the Middle Tennessee State Fall Tournament was his deepest singles tournament run of the fall, where he fell to UALR's Sebastian Falk, 6-1, 6-1...Was one of three returning Tigers with a new doubles partner in the fall...Teamed with Marten Tamla and the duo won their first two matches of the year at Middle Tennessee, including a 9-7 win over the team of Jens Pilgram-Larsen and Greg Sossaman from Vanderbilt in the first round...Fell in the semifinals of the MTSU tournament with an 8-1 loss to the Blue Raiders' team of Kuruppu and Siljestrom...Won next two matches at Southern Intercollegiate Championships before falling to opponents from South Carolina...Went 1-3 in last four doubles matches of the fall, falling to opponents from South Carolina, Florida State and Kentucky and downing the Murray State team of Maskill and Maskill, 8-3...Had a perfect 4.0 GPA in both the spring and fall of 2003.

Spring 2003: Went 21-3 in singles and won last 12 matches, playing all but three matches at No. 4 singles...Was 1-2 at No. 3 singles, where he faced No. 123 Max Fomine from Mississippi State in the second match of the season, falling 6-1, 7-6...Went 3-0 at the C-USA Championships, winning all his matches in straight sets...His biggest win of the year was a 7-6, 7-6 win over Michael Staniak from Middle Tennessee that gave the Tigers a 4-3 win over the nationally-ranked team...Won 9 of his first 10 matches of the year, including eight straight after the Mississippi State loss...Went 13-8 at No. 2 doubles with senior teammate Joe Schmulian after Schmulian missed the fall with a foot injury...The duo had a season-long five match winning streak starting against Tennessee Tech and ending with an 8-6 loss to the UAB duo of Dino Mancarella and Andre Maier...Had a perfect 4.0 GPA and was named to both the Tiger Academic 30 and the Tiger 3.0 Club.

Fall 2002: Went 5-3 in singles during the fall after winning his opening match over Ouachita Baptist's Pierre Perez, 6-4, 6-4...Lost in the second round of the Middle Tennessee State tournament to UALR's Alexei Poutchinets, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6...Qualified for the All-American Pre-Qualifier in singles, where he was eliminated by Arkansas' Eduardo Pacheco, 7-6 (5), 6-2...Was teamed with Joe Schmulian for the season-opening tournament at Middle Tennessee, but Schmulian suffered a ligament tear in his foot, causing Bucewicz to miss the doubles draw...Teamed with fellow Aussie Nathan Orie in doubles at the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifier...The duo defeated Minnesota's Robertson/Wettengel, 8-2, in the opening round, and downed Georgia State's Franco/Lupic, 8-6 in the second round...Was eliminated from the tournament by Butler's Gill/Gill, 9-7.

Spring 2002: Started his Tiger career with a bang, going 19-7 in singles, including an 18-6 record at No. 5 singles...Teamed with senior Michael LaHaie to posted an 18-3 mark at No. 3 doubles...The duo was also 0-1 at No. 2 doubles...Was also named to the C-USA Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.0 or greater...His loss to Tennessee's Jacob Olsen at No. 5 singles was the first singles match he had lost in 31 matches after doing undefeated at 28-0 as a prep player back in Australia.

Fall 2001: Finished with an 1-2 singles mark and an 0-1 doubles mark despite missing a majority of the fall because he suffered from mono.

Prep: Played at Salesian College in Australia...Never lost a tennis match in prep play going 7-0 in his final season and 28-0 in his career...Was also undefeated in doubles going 7-0 in his final season and 28-0 in his career...Played #1 in tennis...Was also the #2 player on his school team in table tennis, ran cross country and track and played goalkeeper in soccer...Graduated from Salesian in 2000...Was the No. 2 ranked player in Australia in U16s in 1998 and No. 3 in U14s that same year...Represented Australia in 1996 at the World Youth Cup Qualifying in Hong Kong...Played Australian Open Juniors in 1999 and 2000.

Personal: Son of Mark and Elizabeth Bucewicz...Nicknamed Buca...In addition to tennis, enjoys playing cricket and soccer...Hobbies include playing sports and computers.

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