2007 Men's Tennis All-Big Ten Team Announced
April 26, 2007
PARK RIDGE, IL - The Big Ten Conference announced today the 2007 Men's Tennis All-Big Ten team and Freshman, Athlete and Coach of the Year award winners. Illinois' Kevin Anderson was selected as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, marking the fourth consecutive time an Illini has claimed the conference's top accolade. Anderson follows fellow Illini Ryler DeHeart's back-to-back distinctions in 2005 and 2006 and Brian Wilson's 2004 honor.
Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker was chosen as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second straight season and for the third time in his career after being previously honored in 2001 as well. Under Tucker's leadership, the Buckeyes compiled a perfect 10-0 Big Ten record for the second consecutive season to defend their regular season title from 2006. He led third-ranked Ohio State to its seventh-straight 20-win season and a national ranking as high as No. 2 in the ITA National Poll.
Ohio State's Justin Kronauge was honored as Freshman of the Year, becoming the third Buckeye in four years to garner the award along with Bryan Koniecko in 2006 and Joey Atas in 2004. The Buckeye rookie helped his team to a near-perfect regular-season mark of 24-1 with one of the best singles records in the conference at 21-3.
This year's All-Big Ten team is comprised of three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and one freshman - five of which were unanimous selections. Half of the squad is also comprised of repeat winners. Illinois' Anderson earned his third All-Conference nod, while Michigan's Matko Maravic and Ohio State's Devin Mullings also notched their third-straight honors. Michigan State's Nick Rinks and the Buckeye pair of Chris Klingemann and Koniecko were all repeat selections.
The Conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 11 student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports competition setting. These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
A complete list of the 2007 All-Big Ten team and postseason honorees appears below.
Freshman of the Year Athlete of the Year Coach of the Year
2007 All-Big Ten Team
2007 Sportsmanship Award Honorees