Illinois Sweeps Men's Tennis Postseason Honors
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.