April 23, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference has announced the conference awards for men’s tennis. Indiana sophomore Lachlan Ferguson was named to the All-Big Ten team. The Adelaide, Australia, native garners his first conference accolade after spending much of the season ranked nationally in singles action.
Ferguson is the 25th All-Big Ten honoree for Indiana, and this is the second consecutive year that Indiana has had an individual honored, as Thomas Richter was named All-Big Ten in 2008. Ferguson finished the season 22-13 in singles action and 23-12 in doubles play, including a 5-5 mark in Big Ten singles action at the number one spot. The sophomore also scored five wins over ranked opponents this season, with a victory over #42 Diego Cubas of South Carolina as the most impressive.
The league office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 11 student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports competition setting.
Indiana’s honoree is freshman Stephen Vogl. Vogl is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
Indiana defeated Michigan State on Thursday to advance to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. They will square off with the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. For complete coverage of IU men’s tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.