Ohio State receives conference-high seventh weekly honor in the 2008-09 campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio For the third-consecutive week, a member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team has been recognized by the conference as Big Ten Athlete of the Week. Senior tri-captain Bryan Koniecko was recognized along with Dennis Nevolo of Illinois as Co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week announced by the league Tuesday. Koniecko, currently ranked third in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings, won two singles and doubles matches last weekend to help the Buckeyes defeat then-No. 53 Indiana, 7-0, and No. 11 Illinois, 6-1, last weekend.

The Buckeyes have now been recognized seven times this season by the conference, which leads the league. Illinois is second behind Ohio State with five, while Wisconsin has four honorees in the 2009 spring season.

Koniecko, a two-time ITA All-American, defeated No. 79 Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 85 Lachlan Ferguson of Indiana, 6-1, 6-4, both at No. 1 singles. Koniecko is now 21-4 against nationally-ranked opponents and has a team-high 32 victories. The native of Long Island, N.Y., is three wins shy of passing former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for third on the all-time wins list with 126 victories.

In doubles, Koniecko paired with sophomore Shuhei Uzawa and the Buckeye duo improved to 14-1 overall on the season with victories in both matches. With the wins, Koniecko has compiled 116 career victories and is one win shy of tying former Buckeye Scott Green (2003-06) for second on the all-time list.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko has now been recognized by the conference as Big Ten Athlete of the Week three times this season and now has five in his four-year career with the Buckeyes.