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Sophomore Dean O'Brien takes home fourth weekly OVC honor

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore men's tennis player Dean O'Brien took home his second honor this week after moving back into the rankings at No. 110. For his efforts last week, going 2-0 against conference opponents, he as been named the OVC Men's Tennis Player of the Week. It is the fourth time this season he has been named to this award by the conference office.

"Dean is a tremendous player," said coach Dan Silverstein. "To earn this award four times in one season is something special."

O'Brien completed a perfect OVC season going 8-0 at the top singles sport. He was only pushed to three sets in the conference twice this season and only five times total. In only the second spring match of the season he defeated then ranked No. 29 Clint Bowles of Florida State 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The win boosted him into the national rankings at No. 107 before boosting it up to No. 102 less than two weeks later.

This season included a 15-set winning streak from a straight sets win at Chattanooga until the match against Eastern Illinois.

O'Brien looks to lead in this week's OVC Championships which begins on Aprl 17. Tech (11-7, 6-2 OVC) is seeded third in the tournament and will face sixth-seeded Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. in the first round. Earlier this season the Golden Eagles swept through the Panthers 7-0 winning all doubles and singles matches.