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Weekend Schedule

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January 1-6
Indiana at Four Conference Showdown - Boca Raton, Fla.

January 6-8
Michigan at Key Biscayne Individuals - Key Biscayne, Fla.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the first Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State leads conference teams in the poll, checking in at No. 4. Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana all rank in the top 25, coming in at No. 16, No. 20, and No. 22, respectively. Minnesota sits at No. 35, while Northwestern clocks in at No. 41, Michigan State holds the No. 52 spot, and Nebraska rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 74.

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

1. Peter Kobelt, OSU
13. Connor Smith, OSU
30. Chris Diaz, OSU
48. Vlad Stefan, MICH
49. Rok Bonin, MINN
63. Leandro Toledo, MINN
108. Raleigh Smith, NU
T-114. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
T-118. Diego Acosta, PUR

24. Rok Bonin/Mathieu Froment, MINN
30. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
56. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL

For all of the complete rankings, click here.
Michigan men's tennis player Evan King is among the top American collegians selected to represent the United States in the seventh annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate team competition to be held Dec. 5-9 in Aix-en-Provence, France. King, the fourth-ranked singles player in the country, is one of only six student-athletes selected to lead the United States in the eight-nation competition that includes college and university players from around the world.

King finished last season with a career-best 34-7 record. He was named the 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after posting a perfect 11-0 conference dual record from the No. 1 singles position.

Michigan Release
ITA Release

Three Big Ten Athletes Top ITA Regional Fields

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Three Big Ten men's tennis standouts topped the field at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships. In the midwest region, Ohio State's Peter Kobelt captured the singles title, while Illinois' Tim Kopinski and Farris Gosea teamed up to win the doubles crown.   

Ohio State Release 

Illinois Release
Ohio State men's tennis player Peter Kobelt advanced to the singles final at the ITA All-American Championships this past weekend in Tulsa, Okla. The junior won five consecutive matches in the main draw, including two over seeded players, to advance to the final. 

ITA Release

Ohio State Release

In The Polls

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Seventeen Big Ten men's tennis athletes have earned top 125 recognition in the first Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Preseason Singles Rankings. The poll includes 10 All-Big Ten selections from last season and the reigning Player of the Year (Evan King, Michigan) and Freshman of the Year (Leandro Toledo, Minnesota) 

Thirteen conference doubles teams have also earned rankings, the second most of any conference. The list includes tandems from 10 Big Ten institutions.

For the complete singles poll, click HERE. For the full doubles rankings, click HERE.

The complete list of Big Ten standouts is below.

Singles Poll
4. Evan King, Michigan
31. Spencer Newman, Michigan
35. Peter Kobelt, Ohio State
39. Josh MacTaggart, Indiana
50. Leandro Toledo, Minnesota
51. Alex Petrone, Michigan
53. Vlad Stefan, Michigan
60. Connor Smith, Ohio State
61. Devin McCarthy, Ohio State
66. Aaron Pfister, Michigan State
68. Nelson Vick, Ohio State
69. Spencer Wolf, Northwestern
79. Ille Van Engelen, Ohio State
83. Isade Juneau, Indiana
t-87. Rok Bonin, Minnesota
118. Farris Gosea, Illinois
120. Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois

Doubles Poll
3. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, Michigan
5. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, Ohio State
13. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, Purdue
21. Andre Stenger/Eric Sock, Nebraska
28. Russell Bader/Roman Trkulja, Penn State
31. Billy Bertha/Jakhongir Jalalov, Wisconsin
32. Rok Bonin/Leandro Toledo, Minnesota
42. Spencer Wolf/Raleigh Smith, Northwestern
44. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, Ohio State
46. Spencer Newman/Vlad Stefan, Michigan
52. Aaron Pfister/Drew Lied, Michigan State
t-55. Garret Dunn/Michael Swank, Iowa
t-55. Spencer Newman/Alex Petrone, Michigan

Big Ten Men's Tennis Season in Review

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Take Two: Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola took home the NCAA Doubles Championship on Monday, May 28, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Buckeye duo took down Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to claim the title. RECAP

Academic All District: Illinois' Bruno Abdelnour and Iowa's Garrett Dunn were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, announced on Thursday, May 17. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found here.

Going Dancing: Six Big Ten squads competed in the 2012 NCAA Tennis Championships in Athens, Ga. For the complete championships coverage, click here.

Illini take home Big Ten Tournament title: Third-seeded Illinois rallied from a 3-1 deficit with victories at the No. 5, 6 and 2 singles positions to knock off top-seeded Ohio State and earn the Illini's first tournament title since 2005. In the clinching match at the No. 2 spot, Illinois' Roy Kalmanovich knocked off the Buckeyes' Blaz Rola, ranked sixth nationally, to end OSU's six-year run as tournament champions. For complete championships coverage, click here.

All-Conference & Individual Awards: The Big Ten men's tennis All-Conference teams and individual awards were announced on Thursday night at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Michigan junior Evan King was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Minnesota's Leandro Toledo earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ohio State's Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels. COMPLETE RELEASE

Lucky Number Seven: Ohio State clinched the Big Ten Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, April 22, claiming a 6-1 win over No. 21 Michigan en route to the outright title. The third-ranked Buckeyes closed the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record in Big Ten play and a 29-2 overall mark to take their seventh-straight and 11th overall conference title. RECAP

Nine Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, as announced on Thursday. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below.

Field Hockey
Eileen Brandes, Michigan (Biology, 3.92)
Kelsey Amy, Penn State (Fine Arts, 3.79)

Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Mathematics, 3.94)
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (Biology, 3.98)

Ulrike Denker, Ohio State (Business/Master of Accounting, 3.93)

Andrew Elliott, Ohio State (Marketing, 3.85)
Lauren Roth, Purdue, (Psychology, 3.93)

Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Mechanical Engineering, 3.96)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Finance Accounting, 4.00)

Weekend Schedule

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April 20
Iowa at Wisconsin - Noon CT
Northwestern at Purdue - 1 p.m. CT
Illinois at Indiana - 3 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Michigan - 4 p.m. ET
Vincennes at Indiana - 8 p.m. ET

April 22
Michigan at Ohio State - Noon ET
Michigan State at Penn State - Noon ET
Indiana at Northwestern - Noon CT
Wisconsin at Nebraska - Noon CT
Minnesota at Iowa - Noon CT
Purdue at Illinois - 1 p.m. ET

In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten squads appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 3 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are followed by No. 20 Illinois, No. 21 Michigan and No. 36 Indiana. Northwestern checks in at No. 44, Michigan State is No. 66 and Nebraska is No. 71.

Individually, 13 Big Ten men's tennis players and 15 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings. The complete list of ranked singles and doubles players can be found below.


6. Blaz Rola, OSU
7. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
8. Evan King, MICH
12. Chase Buchanan, OSU
30. Roy Kalmanovich, ILL
67. Peter Kobelt, OSU
72. Christopher Aumueller, NEB
83. Devin McCarthy, OSU
89. Leandro Toledo, MINN
101. Connor Smith, OSU
106. Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
111. Nelson Vick, OSU
124. Spencer Wolf, NU

1. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
20. Roy Kalmanovich/Dennis Nevolo, ILL
22. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
27. Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
28. Billy Bertha/Fredrik Ask, WIS
31. Jason Lee/Russell Bader, PSU
33. Rok Bonin/Julian Dehn, MINN
34. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
44. Chase Buchanan/Peter Kobelt, OSU
64. Blaz Rola/Connor Smith, OSU
69. Marc Bruche/Will Vasos, IOWA
72. Josh Graves/Spencer Wolf, NU
73. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR
88. Aaron Pfister/Drew Lied, MSU
90. Isade Juneau/Jeremy Langer, IND

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