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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/27/2024, Last updated: 3/28/2024
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Penn State Honored with Men's Tennis Weekly Award

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State senior Miko Eala has been named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for matches played March 22-24.

Player of the Week

Miko Eala, Penn State

Sr. – Philippines/Manacor, Spain — Rafa Nadal Academy

  • Went a combined 3-0 on the week for Penn State, which opened conference play against No. 15 Illinois and No. 60 Northwestern in University Park

  • Recorded a pair of straight-set wins at No. 1 singles, dropping just four games in each match

  • Upset 31st-ranked Karlis Ozolins of Illinois 6-2, 6-2 on Friday before defeating Presley Thieneman of Northwestern, 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday

  • Joined teammate Alexander Sterin to claim the doubles point against Northwestern with a 7-6 (7-5) tie-breaker win at No. 3 doubles

  • The 2023 All-Big Ten Second Team selection earns his first career Big Ten Player award

  • Becomes the first Nittany Lion to win the Big Ten POW award since Christian Lakoseljac on April 20, 2021

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