COLUMBUS, Ohio Steven Moneke, a junior on the second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, was named Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week the conference announced Wednesday. This is Moneke’s second-career honor and first this season.
Cami Hubbs of the Ohio State women’s tennis team also earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors Wednesday. Hubbs Last week, she helped lead the Buckeyes to four consecutive victories, with singles wins over Coastal Carolina, Minnesota and Iowa. Hubbs’ win over Kelcie Klockenga of the Hawkeyes gave her 28 victories on the season, breaking the previous rookie record held by Kristy Dascoli (1997) and assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez (2000) with 27 wins in their freshman campaigns.
Moneke last claimed the award March 8, 2006. It is the fifth time this season an Ohio State student-athlete claimed the award, the most in the Big Ten. Sophomore Justin Kronauge has won the weekly laurel twice this season (Feb. 13 and March 12). Senior Drew Eberly earned the honor Feb. 20. Before Eberly and Kronauge garnered the accolades, freshman Matt Allare captured the honor Feb. 6, marking three-consecutive weeks a Buckeyes garnered the weekly award.
Moneke won a total of six matches this past week to lead Ohio State to three wins and an 18-1 overall mark. The Alten-Busick, Germany, native won two matches at No. 2 singles and one match at the top singles spot. He also claimed three wins at No. 2 doubles.
In doubleheader action March 19 against Coastal Carolina and The Citadel, Moneke swept both his singles opponents, John Hairston (Coastal Carolina) and Yufo Sutantio (The Citadel), 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively. He then paired with classmate Bryan Koniecko to knock off David Mellis and Dmitry Vlaskin of Coastal Carolina, 8-4, before downing Daniel Dossetor and Sutantio, 8-5.
His wins at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 singles against No. 19 VCU helped Ohio State win 7-0 and extend its home win streak to 65-consecutive matches. Again teaming with Koniecko, Moneke beat Virginia Commonwealth’s Thibaut Charron and Stepan Siska, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. Moneke then beat No. 98 Damien Lacombe at the top singles spot 6-1, 6-4.
After a brief return to OSU Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, the Buckeyes return to the road where they will face Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Friday in Notre Dame, Ind., and Michigan State at noon Sunday in East Lansing.
Steven Moneke’s Results (March 19 and 23)
2. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. John Hairston (Coastal Carolina) 6-1, 6-0
2. Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. David Mellis/Dmitry Vlaskin (Coastal Carolina) 8-4
2. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Yufo Sutantio (The Citadel) 6-3, 6-1
2. Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Daniel Dossetor/Yufo Sutantio (The Citadel) 8-5
No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth
1. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 98 Damien Lacombe (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
1. No. 29 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Thibaut Charron/Stepan Siska (VCU) 8-1