Feb. 27, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent), of the second ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, was named the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday.
Klingemann, ranked No. 47 nationally in singles, helped the Buckeyes hand No. 20 LSU its first loss of the season by beating the Tigers 4-2 Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. Ohio State has beaten three teams from the Southeastern Conference this season (Tennessee 4-0, Kentucky 6-1).
The Buckeye senior battled through three sets to defeat the Tiger’s Colt Gaston at No. 3 singles. He and Devin Mullings (Sr./Sr., Freeport, Bahamas/Fort Lauderdale Prep.) paired up for a 9-8 upset of the nation’s sixth-ranked tandem of LSU’s James Cluskey and Ken Skupski to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes Klingemann is 19-4 in singles this season.
It is the third time this year, and the second consecutive week a Buckeye has been recognized as the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Bryan Koniecko (So./So., Long island, N.Y./Syosset) earned the award Feb. 7 and Mullings claimed the honor Feb. 22. Last season, OSU had five winners of the award. No. 2 Ohio State is 11-1 on the year and has won 45-consecutive matches at home.
No. 2 Ohio State begins the defense of its 2006 Big Ten Title Saturday when it faces Indiana at the Jesse Owens Tennis Center in Columbus.