inGolden Gopher men's tennis player Harsh Mankad was named to the All-Big Ten team for the second consecutive year. The sophomore from India was 6-4 in Big Ten play and 25-11 overall while playing at No. 1 singles for the Golden Gophers. Mankad was also named the Big Ten's Sportsman of the Year. The award is presented to a player that exhibits a high standard of behavior and sportsmanship during the regular season.
Mankad is ranked 45th in the nation heading into this weekend's Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wis. He owns wins over fellow All-Big Ten performers Phil Stolt and Graydon Oliver of Illinois, Chris Porter of Ohio State, Jamie Gresh of Penn State, Jason Marshall of Purdue and Danny Westerman of Wisconsin. Most recently, he defeated Iowa's Tyler Cleveland of Iowa in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Cleveland was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.
Mankad will lead the Golden Gophers into the Big Ten Championship this weekend. Minnesota will face Michigan in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2 p.m. The Golden Gophers, ravaged by injury this season, will be without 2000 All-Big Ten honoree Thomas Haug, who has not played since winning the Region IV Championship in October.