Dennis Nevolo, Illinois
So., Gurnee, Ill./Keystone National
Nevolo wins his first Athlete of the Week award of the 2010 season and the third of his career. The sophomore helped No. 12 Illinois to wins over No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 34 Northwestern this past weekend. Nevolo, ranked 43rd in the nation, played at No. 2 singles against the Aggies and Wildcats and posted two victories, a 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 33 Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M and a 6-2, 6-1 win over Northwestern's Spencer Wolf. Against the Aggies, he teamed with Marek Czerwinski to knock off the No. 9 team of Austin Krajicek and Dadamo, 9-8 (4), then paired with Johnny Hamui to defeat the Wildcat tandem of Alex Sanborn and Wolf, 8-3.
Last Illinois Athlete of the Week: Marek Czerwinski (March 2, 2010)
Chase Buchanan, Ohio State
So., New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Buchanan notches his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week certificate of 2010 after the No. 3 Buckeyes defeated No. 13 Louisville and No. 17 Texas A&M over the weekend. The sophomore defeated two top-35 performers at No. 1 singles, first downing A&M's Austin Krajicek, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), then knocking off No. 34 Austen Childs of Louisville, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4. Also performing at No. 1 doubles, Buchanan and teammate Dino Marcan paired to upset the No. 9 Aggie team of Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo, 8-7 (7-5), as the Buchanan helped Ohio State to its 99th straight home dual match victory.
Last Ohio State Athlete of the Week: Chase Buchanan (Feb. 23, 2010)