Senior Bryan Koniecko nabs second weekly honor in a row

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior tri-captain Bryan Koniecko has been recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference for the second-consecutive time and fourth overall this season. He earned the honor after winning two singles and three doubles matches last weekend as the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to 28-1 overall and a perfect 10-0 in conference play to claim its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular season title.

Koniecko, currently ranked third in singles in the Campbell/ITA Tennis Rankings, defeated No. 50 Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin, 6-1, 7-5, Sunday to help improve the Buckeyes’ home win streak to 87-consecutive matches. Koniecko is now 23-4 against nationally-ranked opponents this season and has an overall record of 34-4. The win against Michalicka puts Koniecko in a tie for third on the all-time career singles wins list with former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) with 126 victories.

In doubles, Koniecko improved to 28-3 this season with three match wins. In his last match of the weekend, paired with senior tri-captain Ty Schaub, Koniecko swept Wright State’s Brad Krick and Pip Rehg, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles to become the program’s all-time career doubles wins leader with 119 victories.

The Long Island, N.Y., native becomes the Buckeyes’ fourth weekly conference honoree in a row after he earned the award April 14 and March 31 while classmate Steven Moneke received the accolade April 7. Koniecko captured his first weekly honor of 2009 Feb. 10.

In all, Ohio State student-athletes have collected a league-high eight Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season.

2009 Buckeye Big Ten Player of the Week Honorees:
Bryan Koniecko April 21, April 14, March 31 and Feb. 10
Steven Moneke April 7, Feb. 24 and Feb. 17
Justin Kronauge March 17