Anderson named Big Ten tennis athlete of the year

By Eric Chima

Junior Kevin Anderson was named the Big Ten’s tennis player of the year Thursday, the fourth straight year that an Illinois player has brought home the honor.

Anderson won the 2006 NCAA doubles title with Ryan Rowe when they both were sophomores last year. This season, he is ranked No. 5 in the country in singles while playing at the top spot for the Illini all season long.

Rowe and Anderson were unanimous selections to the all Big Ten team, marking the 11th straight season that at least two Illini have been named to the team. The two are 16-3 as a doubles team this year, including 7-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. Rowe has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the country this year.

Ohio State coach Ty Tucker was named Big Ten coach of the year after leading his team to an undefeated conference record, and the Buckeyes’ Justin Kronauge was named Big Ten freshman of the year.