Praibis Named BT POW
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior Jakub Praibis was named the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon. The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product earned the accolade for the second time in his career, after being honored last year on Mar. 5.
Praibis won both his singles and doubles contests last weekend. Against Murray State, on Jan. 29, he defeated Fadi Zamjaoui in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-2, and partnered with junior Dmytro Ishtuganov to win at the No. 2 doubles slot.
The Hoosiers matched up with Butler later in the day and Praibis won at the top singles position, 6-4, 6-1, over James Low. He and Ishtuganov captured another doubles victory, this time at the No. 1 position, 8-3, over Parker Ross and Low.
"Jakub is a very talented player and when he plays more back-to-back matches, the level of his play increases," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "He wanted to play all of the matches [singles and doubles] last weekend to work on his conditioning. That was at his insistence to play all of them and I think it paid off. It's still early in the season and he is not in full stride yet."
Praibis is now 7-4 overall for the year and 3-0 at the No. 1 singes spot this spring. Praibis and Ishtuganov have registered a 5-1 mark overall and a 3-0 ledger this spring.
"Jakub is tough to play against in doubles," Hydinger said. "He makes a lot of good returns and has a serve that is sneaky. He is solid on his serve and first volley combinations. He is very consistent but can still hurt you in a lot of ways in doubles."
Praibis is the first Hoosier to earn the weekly honor since Ryan Recht on April 14, 2004.
The No. 67 Hoosiers will be back in action at home on Saturday, Feb. 5, against No. 57 Middle Tennessee State. The match is slated for 5 p.m. in the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The contest will be part of the IU's annual "Dinner with Doubles" event. Admission to the match is $6.00 and includes an all-you-can-eat Pizza Hut buffet (pizza, salad and soft drink). Raffle tickets will also be sold and prizes will be given away between the doubles and singles matches.
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