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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 4/3/2024, Last updated: 4/4/2024
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Michigan State Receives Tennis Weekly Award

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Sophomore Ozan Baris of Michigan State has been named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for matches played March 29-31.

Player of the Week

Ozan Baris, Michigan State

So. – Okemos, Mich. — Okemos

  • Clinched back-to-back match points for Michigan State in road wins over No. 19 Illinois on March 30 and No. 60 Northwestern on March 31

  • Defeated No. 31-ranked Karlis Ozolins of Illinois, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles as the 18th-ranked Spartans overcame a 3-0 deficit to snap a 30-match losing streak to Illinois

  • Won a super tiebreaker 10-8 to complete a 7-6, 5-7 victory over Northwestern’s Presley Thieneman at No. 1 singles in MSU’s 5-2 win on Sunday

  • Improved to 12-3 in singles and 22-8 overall (singles/doubles combined) on the season

  • Ranked 10th in singles and fifth in doubles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)

  • The 2023 ITA National Fall Doubles Champion earns his second career Player of the Week honor, having previously been recognized on April 19, 2023

  • Last MSU Big Ten Player of the Week: Ronald Hohmann III (Feb. 28, 2024)

2024 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

Jan. 10: Karlis Ozolins, Jr., ILL

Jan. 17: Anton Shepp, Jr., NEB

Jan. 24: Calvin Mueller, Jr., NEB

Jan. 31: Justin Boulais, 5th, OSU

Feb. 7: Cannon Kingsley, 5th, OSU

Feb. 14: Presley Thieneman, Sr., NU

Feb. 21: JJ Tracy, Sr., OSU

Feb. 28: Ronald Hohmann III, Gr., MSU | Cannon Kingsley, 5th, OSU

March 6: Gavin Young, Sr., MICH | Soham Purohit, Fr., PUR

March 13: Hunter Heck, Sr., ILL

March 20: Justin Boulais, 5th, OSU

March 27: Miko Eala, Sr., PSU

April 3: Ozan Baris, So., MSU