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Eight Big Ten Tennis Players Named All-Americans

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A total of eight Big Ten tennis players earned 2014 ITA All-America recognition, the organization announced on Thursday, including seven men's tennis standouts and one women's tennis student-athlete. Illinois led all men's programs with four honorees as both Jared Hiltzik and Farris Gosea earned singles honors while Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon garnered accolades in doubles. Minnesota's Leandro Toledo was named a singles All-American after reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships last month. Ohio State added a pair of honorees as the national runner-up tandem of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka earned All-America status in doubles. Kobelt also was named a singles All-American, making him one of just seven men's tennis players to be named an All-American in both singles and doubles this season. He is now a four-time All-American, having achieved the same feat last season. On the women's side, Michigan's Emina Bektas was named an All-American for the second time in her career, earning the honor in singles this season after garnering the accolade in doubles last season.

To earn ITA All-America honors, a student-athlete must achieve one of the following:

- Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings

- Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings

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In The Polls

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Fourteen Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
20. Farris Gosea, ILL
36. Leandro Toledo, MINN
45. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Raleigh Smith, NU
67. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
97. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
101. Dusty Boyer, NEB
103. Sam Monette, IND
118. Sam Shropshire, NU
121. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA
123. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
2. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
6. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
14. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
23. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
35. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
36. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
37. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
44. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
61. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
68. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included Nine Big Ten teams. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checked in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

For the complete polls, click here.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern announced that Marisa Bast from the softball team and Raleigh Smith of the men's tennis team have been selected Northwestern's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

The final singles and doubles rankings for the season will be announced on June 4.

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Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern

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 During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Northwestern University.

Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Luke Donald has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2001. He's won five career events and is currently ranked #18 in the Official World Gold Rankings. During his time at Northwestern, Donald was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.

Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Winner of the 1997 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Fitzgerald was one of the most decorated linebackers in college football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American, earning the honor as a junior in 1995 and a senior in 1996. He was the first repeat winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater, Fitzgerald has guided the Wildcats to five straight bowl games, including last year's Gator Bowl victory, their first bowl win since 1949. His name graces the conference's annual Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.

Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Michele Ratay was named an honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American in 1997, the same year she earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of various Northwestern categories, including first in three-point field goals (244), third in points (1,798) and free throws made (442), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.388), fifth in free throw percentage (.811) and ninth in assists (368). Ratay holds the Wildcat record for most three-pointers in a season, netting 85 in 1996. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1995-96) and four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree (1994-97). Ratay led Northwestern to the WNIT final in 1996 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997.

Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
A 1988 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Morris is Northwestern's only three-time Academic All-American. The leading scorer for the Wildcats in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Morris scored 1,407 points during his career at Northwestern. Morris' 371 free throws rank fourth in program history, and his 712 rebounds are sixth all-time. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Morris was also a three-time Northwestern MVP and was named All-Big Ten second team in 1988. The Altoona, Iowa, native serves as both a studio host and game analyst for the Big Ten Network and regularly appears on BTN Basketball Report, Tip-Off Show and The Finale. He has been an analyst for the network's Big Ten Tournament broadcasts since 2007.

Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.

Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title in her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Austrialia's Margaret Court. He also won Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three successive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in all of those years. He was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Kraft won a NCAA title in the 157-pound division in 1960, one year after losing a semifinal by one point to the eventual champion. He was coached by his younger brother, Ken, who had spent three years in the military. Arthur Kraft coached for 19 years at Triton College and won three national junior college championships.

Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
Cvercko played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers before becoming an engineer. He researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories. In his senior year at Northwestern in 1958, Cvercko was tabbed a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

William Droegemueller (1928, track)
He won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He served in a hospital unit during World War II before starting his own ophthalmology practice.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State, which claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship last weekend, claimed the No. 3 spot this week. Illinois (No. 12) and Penn State (No. 23) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 30), Michigan (No. 37) and Purdue (No. 40) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

Individually, 15 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
11. Peter Kobelt, OSU
18. Farris Gosea, ILL
37. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
38. Leandro Toledo, MINN
49. Raleigh Smith, NU
63. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
101. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
107. Sam Shropshire, NU
109. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
111. Dusty Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Monette, IND
115. Oskar Wikberg, WIS
125. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA

Doubles
3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
5. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
24. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
26. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
34. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
39. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
40. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
48. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
58. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
63. Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched the outright Big Ten Championship last Friday, claimed the No. 2 spot this week. Illinois (No. 12) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 32), Purdue (No. 34) and Michigan (No. 43) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 55, with Michigan State (No. 61), Indiana (No. 67) and Nebraska (No. 69) also within the top 70.

Individually, 15 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
7. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
17. Farris Gosea, ILL
37. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
42. Leandro Toledo, MINN
46. Raleigh Smith, NU
56. Tim Kopinski, ILL
97. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
110. Dusty Boyer, NEB
111. Alex Petrone, MICH
113. Sam Monette, IND
117. Oskar Wikberg, WIS
120. Sam Shropshire, NU
123. Hunter Callahan, OSU
124. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA

Doubles
4. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
5. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
27. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
28. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
32. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
57. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
73. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
90. Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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April 18
Minnesota at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Penn State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT

April 20
Wisconsin at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Penn State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
Nebraska at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, claimed the No. 1 spot for the seventh time this season. Illinois (No. 10) and Penn State (No. 22) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Purdue (No. 28), Northwestern (No. 35) and Michigan (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 51, with Indiana (No. 59) and Nebraska (No. 63) also within the top 65.

Individually, 14 Big Ten men's tennis players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
7. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
13. Farris Gosea, ILL
33. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
39. Leandro Toledo, MINN
52. Tim Kopinski, ILL
58. Raleigh Smith, NU
93. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
103. Alex Petrone, MICH
104. Sam Monette, IND
110. Hunter Callahan, OSU
111. Dustin Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Shropshire, NU
118. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
4. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
20. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
31. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
36. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
59. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
70. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
85. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

For the complete polls, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.