Gosea Wins Second Straight Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week
March 11, 2014
URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois men's tennis player Farris Gosea continues to be recognized for having his best career start to a season. The Cardiff, Whales, native earned his second straight Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week award on Tuesday, two days after the Illini picked up a 5-2 win vs. Purdue and a 7-0 shutout over Detroit Mercy.
Gosea played No. 1 singles in both matches Sunday, surrendering just eight combined games in straight-set wins. The junior first defeated Purdue's Ricky Medinilla 6-4, 6-0 before downing Detroit's Bobby Cawood 6-2, 6-2.
Gosea teamed with Alex Jesse in doubles where they earned a 6-3 victory over Detroit's Rafael Orantes and Chance Conley in the No. 1 slot. Their doubles contest vs. Purdue went unfinished.
Gosea earns the Illini its fourth weekly Big Ten award of the season, thus outnumbering any other conference foe. Ohio State has the second most with two awards, each won by Peter Kobelt.
Gosea is 10-2 in the spring dual season and the winner of four straight. Gosea also earned a career high new singles ranking, checking in at No. 17 today.
The sixth ranked Illini return to action this Friday in a double header at the Atkins Tennis Center. First up is South Florida at 11 a.m., followed by the College Match Day contest against Pepperdine at 6 p.m.