Illinois Sweeps Men's Tennis Postseason Honors

Illinois' Kevin Anderson was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year Thursday night.  Illini head coach Craig Tiley earned Coach of the Year, while Ryler DeHeart was selected Athlete of the Year.

Illinois' Kevin Anderson was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year Thursday night. Illini head coach Craig Tiley earned Coach of the Year, while Ryler DeHeart was selected Athlete of the Year.

April 28, 2005

PARK RIDGE, IL - The Big Ten Conference announced today the 2005 Men's Tennis All-Big Ten team and Freshman, Athlete and Coach of the Year award winners.

Illinois' Ryler DeHeart was selected as the 2005 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while teammate Kevin Anderson was honored as Freshman of the Year. The Fighting Illini have now garnered three out of the last five Freshman of the Year accolades. For the seventh time in the past eight seasons, Illinois head coach Craig Tiley was chosen as the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Under the leadership of Tiley, the Illini compiled a perfect 10-0 Big Ten record and posted a mark of 20-3 overall to capture the program's seventh-consecutive regular season title.

In addition to six unanimous selections to this year's All-Big Ten team, half of the squad is comprised of underclassmen. In 2004, only one sophomore and a freshman were honored, however this year's 12-member team is comprised of four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Michigan State's Andy Formanczyk earned his third-straight All-Big Ten honor, while Illinois' Ryler DeHeart, Indiana's Jakub Praibis and Ohio State's Joey Atas were all repeat winners.

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 2005 All-Big Ten team and postseason honorees are listed below.

Freshman of the Year         Athlete of the Year         Coach of the Year
Kevin Anderson, Illinois         Ryler DeHeart, Illinois         Craig Tiley, Illinois

2005 All-Big Ten Team
Kevin Anderson, Illinois*
Ryler DeHeart, Illinois*
GD Jones, Illinois*
Jakub Praibis, Indiana*
Matko Maravic, Michigan
Andy Formanczyk, Michigan State
Avery Ticer, Minnesota*
Tommy Hanus, Northwestern
Christian Tempke, Northwestern
Joey Atas, Ohio State
Devin Mullings, Ohio State*
Mark Barry, Penn State
2005 Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Chris Martin, Illinois
Ryan Recht, Indiana
Chaitu Malempati, Iowa
Brian Hung, Michigan
Joe McWilliams, Michigan State
Avery Ticer, Minnesota
Christian Tempke, Northwestern
Scott Green, Ohio State
Mark Barry, Penn State
Paul Rose, Purdue
Lachezar Kasarov, Wisconsin

*unanimous selection


 

 

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