Praibis Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Junior Jakub Praibis was recognized as the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for his performance last weekend against North Carolina State and No. 27 Virginia. Praibis becomes the first Hoosier men's tennis player ever to receive this honor. In previous seasons in men's tennis, the Big Ten has only given out Player-of-the-Month awards, but the conference switched to Player-of-the-week honors last season. The unranked Praibis produced a perfect weekend in singles and doubles, including upsetting the No. 18 player in the country.
The Litomerice, Czech Republic native, opened with victories at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles in a 7-0 triumph over North Carolina State and duplicated the feat against No. 27 Virginia, including knocking off the Cavaliers' 18th-ranked Doug Stewart in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. Praibis improved his singles record to 8-1 on the season while he boasts a 6-1 mark in doubles.
Head coach Ken Hydinger was pleased to hear of Praibis' recognition.
"Jakub is well deserving of this honor," said Hydinger. " He is a fine athlete a good competitor and a threat to defeat anybody in the country. Jakub is also a classy sportsman with good line calls. Tennis enthusiasts in Bloomington can be proud of him and will have a treat watching him play."
Indiana is back in action tonight when it hosts Northwestern at 5 p.m. The Hoosiers play again on Wednesday March 10, when they travel to Lexington, Ky., for a match against the Kentucky Wildcats. Match time is slated for 2:00 p.m.
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