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April 25, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday the 2002 Men’s Tennis All-Big Ten team and Freshman, Sportsman, Athlete and Coach of the Year award winners.

Ohio State’s Phil Metz (Jr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) received All-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive year. Metz, Ohio State’s top rated player at No. 26, finished his regular season 19-9 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten. Metz, a unanimous selection to the 2002 All-Big Ten Team, is 10th in career singles wins at Ohio State with 83. Last season, Metz was the first NCAA singles championship qualifier for the Buckeyes since current Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker in 1991. Another Buckeye, Jeremy Wurtzman (So., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy (Fla.), also was a unanimous selection. He is currently ranked No. 33 with an overall record of 31-12, a dual mark of 18-5 and a 5-1 Big Ten record.

The All-Big Ten team this year is comprised of four seniors, four juniors and four sophomores, of which six candidates were unanimous selections. Earning All-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive year are Illinois sophomores Amer Delic and Phil Stolt, Michigan senior Henry Beam, Ohio State junior Phil Metz and Penn State senior Jamie Gresh. Indiana senior Milan Rakvica, Wisconsin senior Danny Westerman and Minnesota junior Harsh Mankad received All-Big Ten accolades for the third-consecutive season. A complete list of the 2002 All-Big Ten team is listed below.

In addition to the 2002 All-Big Ten team, four individual honors were awarded to two student-athletes and the 2002 Coach of the Year. Northwestern’s Tom Hanus was selected as the 2002 Freshman of the Year, while Mankad was chosen as the Sportsman of the Year for the second-consecutive season. He also was awarded the 2002 Athlete of the Year award. For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Illinois head coach Craig Tiley was chosen as the 2002 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Under the leadership of Tiley, the Illini compiled a perfect 10-0 regular-season Big Ten record and posted a mark of 20-4 overall to capture the program’s fourth-consecutive regular-season title.

2002 All-Big Ten Team
Amer Delic, Illinois*
Phil Stolt, Illinois
Brian Wilson, Illinois*
Milan Rakvica, Indiana
Stuart Waters, Iowa
Henry Beam, Michigan
Thomas Haug, Minnesota
Harsh Mankad, Minnesota
Phil Metz, Ohio State*
Jeremy Wurtzman, Ohio State*
Jamie Gresh, Penn State*
Danny Westerman, Wisconsin*

Freshman of the Year
Tom Hanus, Northwestern

Sportsman of the Year
Harsh Mankad, Minnesota

Athlete of the Year
Harsh Mankad, Minnesota

Coach of the Year
Craig Tiley, Illinois