Recht Nabs Athlete of the Week (April 14, 2004)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Junior Ryan Recht has been recognized as the co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week for his performance last weekend against conference opponents No. 55 Michigan State and No. 55 Michigan.
Recht becomes the second Hoosier men's tennis player ever to receive this honor, as teammate Jakub Praibis was honored back on March 5. 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 Fort Wayne, Ind. native, went undefeated on the week to help the Hoosiers pick up two upset victories over No. 50 Michigan and No. 55 Michigan State. Recht won at No. 2 against MSU's Cameron Marshall 7-6 (3), 6-3 and the next day prevailed at the top singles spot against the Wolverines' 55th-ranked Michael Rubin 7-6 (2), 4-1. In doubles action, Recht teamed with John Stone to win twice at No. 1 doubles, first defeating Michigan State's Andrew Formanczyk and Chris Mitchell, 9-7 and then knocking-off Michigan's Anthony Jackson and Brian Hung, 8-4.
Recht improved his singles record to 13-10 on the season, while he boasts a 14-8 mark in doubles.
Head coach Ken Hydinger said it was easy to note Recht's 4-0 record this weekend as a reason to be honored.
"When you realize that his first singles win was against a player who had defeated him last time (Marshall), that his second win was against Big Ten Singles Championship finalist (Rubin), and that he was playing after a week of partial practice in less than full health, you realize what a really special job Ryan did of competing, " said Hydinger. "It was a gutsy effort from a mature college player, and he is fully deserving of this honor."
Indiana continues its homestand next weekend when it hosts Minnesota on Saturday and Iowa on Sunday. Each match starts at 12 p.m. at the IU Varsity Courts.
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