DeHeart claims second Athlete of the Week honor

Ryler DeHeart led the Illini to three straight road victories, including two over nationally ranked opponents.

Ryler DeHeart led the Illini to three straight road victories, including two over nationally ranked opponents.

April 19, 2006

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Ryler DeHeart, Illinois
SR, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit

DeHeart earns his second Athlete of the Week honor after an impressive 6-0 performance in the Illini's road victories against No. 30 Kentucky, Wisconsin and No. 61 Northwestern. Third-ranked DeHeart kicked off the road trip with a three-set win over No. 56 Alex Hume (2-6, 6-3, 6-1) in the top singles spot after teaming with Paramod Dabir to defeat Shane Collins and Nate Emge, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles. Against the Badgers, the 17th-ranked tandem notched another solid win against the 55th-ranked pair of Nolan Polley and Jeremy Sonkin, 9-8 (4). The tiebreaker win clinched the doubles point for the Illini, a crucial factor in the Illini's 4-3 victory. DeHeart claimed another tough three-set singles triumph over three-time Big Ten
Player of the Week Sonkin 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

DeHeart was again tested by the Wildcats' 55th-ranked Christian Tempke in No. 1 singles. Tempke took the first set tiebreaker 7-5 before the Illinois captain bounced back with a 6-3 win in the second. A second tiebreaker was needed to decide the third set, but DeHeart closed out the match with seven straight points, improving to 11-0 in three-set matches and 15-3 against ranked opponents. The Tampa, Fla. native also improved his Big Ten singles record to 6-0.


 

 

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