COLUMBUS, Ohio Justin Kronauge, a junior on the sixth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. It is Kronauge’s third-career weekly laurel and first this season.
Ranked 20th in the latest ITA polls, Kronauge won two singles matches and a doubles match last week as then-No. 5 Ohio State improved to 16-1 overall with two dual match victories against Cleveland State and No. 18 Texas A&M. With Ohio State down 3-1 against the Aggies, Kronauge began the Buckeye rally at No. 3 singles when he gave Ohio State its first point following a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 22 Wil Spencer. Now, 9-0 at No. 3 singles, Kronauge has put together a seven-match win streak. In doubles, No. 68 Kronauge and Matt Allare gave the Vikings’ Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning their first loss of the season at No. 1, winning, 8-5. Kronauge is now 18-6 overall in doubles for the 2008-09 campaign.
Steven Moneke was the Buckeyes’ last Big Ten Athlete of the Week recipient Feb. 24, 2009.
Ohio State is back in action at 4 p.m. ET March 23 against No. 17 Pepperdine. The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action March 27 and 29 when they host Iowa and Minnesota at 3 p.m. and noon, respectively. Location to be announced.