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Dan Buikema
Dan Buikema

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Battle Creek, Mich.

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 200

Birthdate:
02/19/1987

Experience:
3L



COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS:
FALL 2008:
Ranked No. 14 in the preseason ITA doubles standings with Thibaudeau...Earned four singles wins and three doubles victories this season...Invited to compete at the D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Championships in both singles and doubles...Opened the fall with three straight singles wins at Penn State Fall Classic...Defeated the No. 29 ranked doubles team of Jay Weinaker and Christian Welte of NC State with Thibaudeau 8-6.

2007 (JUNIOR): NCAA Doubles Championships...Reached as high as No. 12 nationally in doubles with Mathieu Thibaudeau...Earned a team-high 52 total victories...Finished the season with 23 singles wins, good for second on the team...Added 29 doubles victories, leading the team in that category...Went 15-9 in dual matches from Nos. 4 and 5 singles...Posted a 22-4 dual record from No. 1 doubles...Defeated four ranked opponents, two in the top 10, during the regular season...Ranked No. 5 in the ITA pre-season doubles poll with partner Thibaudeau...Posted an 8-4 singles record and a 7-7 doubles record...Won four of five matches at the ITA Regional Championships en route to the consolation title...Posted three singles wins at the Olympia Fields Invitational and one singles win at the Polo ITA All-American Championships...Recorded a big 8-4 doubles win with Thibaudeau over Southern California's Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof at the Polo ITA All-American Championships...Reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships...Won three consecutive matches at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships before falling to Ted Angelinos and Lee Singer of Virginia in the finals of the top bracket...Made his first appearance at the ITA National Indoor Championships with Thibaudeau in doubles.

2006 (SOPHOMORE): Posted an 11-8 singles record and a 27-15 doubles record...Finished the season ranked No. 26 nationally in doubles with partner Mathieu Thibaudeau...Made it to the first round of the NCAA doubles tournament with Thibaudeau, falling in a tight match to the reigning champions from Illinois...Defeated three top 20 opponents in doubles with Thibaudeau from the No. 1 slot...Clinched the match against No. 23 Clemson with a straight set victory over Carlos Alvarez at the No. 6 singles slot...Finished the fall sesason strong, winning his last four singles mataches and nine of the last 10 doubles contests...Earned five wins with Thibaudeau en route to the finals at the ITA Southeast Regional in the fall...Won all four matches of both singles and doubles at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships where he took home the doubles crown with Thibaudeau.

2005 (FRESHMAN): Second on the team with 17 singles victories and 15 doubles wins...Tallied a 7-4 record in SEC singles matches...Played 14 matches in the No. 6 slot with a 9-5 record...Put together a string of seven straight victories in singles to end the regular season...Won four of his first five singles matches in dual meet action...Teamed with Andrew Felsenthal to go 4-4 in SEC doubles and 7-10 in dual matches...Finished the fall season with a 4-3 singles ledger and 4-4 doubles record.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2004 National Open Winner where he defeated the nation's top-ranked juniors player in the finals...Advanced to the Round of 32 at Super Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich....Was ranked in the top 30 in 18s...Participated in the Junior Davis Cup...Won the Midwest Closed Doubles 18s.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Born: Feb. 19, 1987... has two brothers, Jake and Jim...son of Matt and Emily Buikema.