Big Ten Men's Tennis All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards Announced
April 28, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten men's tennis All-Conference teams and individual awards were announced on Thursday night at the Big Ten Tournament banquet, with conference champion Ohio State sweeping the individual awards. Buckeye junior Chase Buchanan was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Blaz Rola earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels.
Buchanan receives top billing among Big Ten players for the second straight season after compiling a 29-5 overall singles record and a 10-0 mark in conference matches. The Buckeye junior also went 25-8 in doubles, including an 8-2 mark in conference play, to lead Ohio State to a 10-0 Big Ten record and its sixth consecutive conference title. Buchanan's award is the fourth straight won by an Ohio State player and the fifth overall.
Rola finished his first collegiate season with a 33-5 overall singles record and an 8-1 record in conference matches. Playing primarily at No. 2 singles, Rola is currently the third-ranked player in the country. The newcomer also posted a 26-7 doubles record this season, finishing with a 9-0 mark in Big Ten matches. Rola becomes the fourth Buckeye to win the award and the first since Justin Kronauge earned the honor in 2007.
Tucker collects his sixth consecutive Coach of the Year award and seventh overall after guiding the Buckeyes to a 27-2 overall record and their sixth straight Big Ten title. Tucker led Ohio State to a perfect 10-0 conference record, marking the sixth season in a row that his team went undefeated in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have won 76 consecutive Big Ten matches dating back to 2005.
Buchanan and Rola were also unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections, along with Illinois' Dennis Nevolo, Michigan's Jason Jung and Evan King, Minnesota's Tobias Wernet and Wisconsin's Marek Michalicka. Joining the unanimous choices on the first team were Indiana's Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer, Minnesota's Rok Bonin and Ohio State's Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Ille Van Engelen.
For the first time, the Big Ten also honored an All-Conference second team. Illinois' Johnny Hamui Indiana's Josh MacTaggart, Iowa's Marc Bruche, Northwestern's Josh Graves, Ohio State's Devin McCarthy and Purdue's Mark Kovacs and Szymon Tatarczyk all received second-team accolades.
The Big Ten also recognized 11 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.
MEN'S TENNIS ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
First Team All-Big Ten*
Second Team All-Big Ten*
Unanimous selections in CAPS.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES