Junior Marek Czerwinski.
March 10, 2009
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Junior Marek Czerwinski of the No. 7 Illinois men's tennis team was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the ending Mar. 8, the conference office announced today. Czerwinski becomes the third Illini to earn the honor this season.
The Birmingham, Mich., native went a combined 4-0 over the weekend helping lead the No. 7 Illini to conference wins over No. 44 Northwestern and No. 19 Wisconsin. Ranked No. 101 in singles, Czerwinski started out the weekend with a straight sets win over Northwestern's Alexander Thams, 7-5, 6-2. Against Wisconsin, Czerwinski provided the match-clinching win at No. 4 singles with another straight sets victory over the Badgers' Luke Rassow-Kantor, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
In doubles, Czerwinski and partner Marc Spicijaric, ranked No. 41, downed the No. 80-ranked Northwestern duo of Alex Sanborn and Josh Graves 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. The next day, the hot hitting duo improved their record to 8-1 on the season defeating Wisconsin's Michael Muskievicz and Michael Dierberger, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.
This is the first weekly award of Czerwinski's career at Illinois. Illinois has now received four conference accolades this season.
The Orange and Blue now take to the road to face No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Tex., on March 15. First serve is set for 12 p.m. CT.