Two Hoosiers Win Individual Big Ten Honors
May 1, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana womens tennis team received two individual awards after the Big Ten announced its honors on Tuesday. Senior Amanda Field was selected Big Ten Sportsman-of-the-Year, while freshman Inga Radel was named Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year.
Field became the first Hoosier lady to win the award since its inception in 1987. Erik Barrett was the only other Hoosier selected for the award when he won it for the men in 1995. Field has been a four year stand-out for the Hoosiers with an overall singles record of 78-65, and an overall doubles record of 88-40.
It is great that Amanda got that recognition from the Big Ten, Indiana Head Coach Lin Loring said. She has played four solid years in the conference, and she has always exhibited great sportsmanship. It is just a wonderful honor for Amanda.
Radel picked up her second Big Ten award in as many weeks. She was selected as the Big Ten Freshman-of-the Year a week after her selection as Big Ten womens tennis Player-of-the-Month. In her first season in Bloomington, the Gheesthacht, Germany native finished with a singles record of 29-3, along with going 12-0 in conference matches. She also went 23-7 in doubles with a 7-4 mark in Big Ten play. Radel becomes the first Hoosier since Jody Yin in 1991 to win the honor. Yin was the third straight Hoosier to win the honor back in 1991.
For Inga, it is a really nice compliment on a great season, Loring said. She started the season low in our line up because of injury, but slowly worked her way up to the No. 1 singles spot. She went undefeated in conference singles, and had a good doubles record. I think those two things combined got her chosen by the coaches.
The Hoosiers will be watching to see whether they will be selected into the field for the NCAA womens tennis tournament. Indiana wrapped up its season last weekend at the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, they stand at 17-9 on the year.