Illini prove to be too much for 'Cats to handle Friday
2011-12: Collected second-team All-Big Ten accolades for the second straight season ... First Wldcat to earn All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons since 2005-2006 ... Went 11-10 during dual matches, mainly at the No. 1 position ... Teamed with Spencer Wolf to form NU's top doubles team; won 12 matches ... Defeated Penn State's Jason Lee in three sets to clinch Northwestern's first-round win at the Big Ten Tournament (4/26) ... Along with Wolf, took down Indiana's 90th-ranked Isade Juneau and Josh MacTaggart (4/22) ... Bested Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the nation's top-ranked doubles pair and the 2012 NCAA Doubles Champions, from Ohio State (4/15) ... Won four of six singles matches between 4/13-26 ... Helped the Wildcats upset No. 51 Alabama on the road with a victory over Ricky Doverspike (1/20) ... Opened the dual season with five straight wins in singles play (1/15 - 2/4) ... Posted four wins at the Big Ten Singles Championship (10/28-30).
2010-11: Second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Competed entire season for Northwestern on the No. 1 singles line ... Compiled a 14-18 overall record, going 10-14 in the dual season with a 3-7 mark in Big Ten play ... Began the season with four straight wins ... Spent four matches in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis singles poll, reaching as high as No. 114 ... Upset No. 28 Ionut Beleleu of Oklahoma on March 4 (7-5, 6-7, [10-3]) ... Battled back to beat Marc Bruche, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in NU's upset of No. 57 Iowa ... Competed alongside Spencer Wolf on the No. 1 doubles line, earning a 14-8 record, 3-7 in the Big Ten ... Knocked off 60th-ranked Tsvetan Mito and Ionut Beleleu of Oklahoma on March 4 ... In the fall season, won twice at the Midwest Regional Championships and twice at Big Ten Singles & Doubles Indoor ... Earned invitation to elite UVA Ranked Plus One Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2009-10: First season spent on the No. 1 singles line for Northwestern, compiling a 10-13 dual record with a 2-7 mark in the Big Ten ... Spent much of the second half of the season ranked in Campbell's/ITA College Tennis singles poll, reaching as high No. 82 ... Also ranked as high as No. 54 in doubles with Spencer Wolf ... Two wins over ranked opponents, including an upset of No. 27 Casey Watt of Notre Dame on March 27 (6-3, 6-3) ... Also overcame then-No. 62 Saketh Myeni of Alabama 7-6 (3), 6-2 in Northwestern's upset of 18th-ranked Alabama (1/22) ... Finished 1-3 in the fall season ... Academic All-Big Ten and ITA Scholar-Athlete honoree.
2008-09: Led the team with 25 overall singles victories, including 19 in duals ... Won 10 consecutive matches from 1/18 to 2/27 ... Progressed through the season, playing at four different singles spots ... Anchored No. 4 singles with a 9-4 record ... Notched team-leading eight Big Ten victories ... Partnered with Alex Sanborn to anchor the No. 2 doubles spot at the beginning of the season with a 12-3 record ... Paired with Tobias Reitz for season's final 11 matches ... In the fall, posted two wins at Milwaukee Tennis Classic and three victories at Wildcat Fall Invitational ... Advanced to Round of 32 at Big Ten Singles Championship ... Posted two doubles victories with Alex Sanborn at Milwaukee Tennis Classic ... Named ITA Scholar-Athlete.
High School: Five-star recruit ranked No. 1 in the Midwest by tennisrecruiting.net ... Named to the 2008 National High School Tennis All-American Team ... Was a winner and finalist of numerous sectional events ... Quarterfinalist in the consolation bracket of the National Clay Courts event ... Finished undefeated in the Midwest Davis Cup ... Posted a third-place finish at the St. Louis National Clay Court tournament ... Placed third in the Boys Under-16 National Open, while finishing fifth in the Under-18 division ... Topped that feat by winning the Boys 18 Midwest Closed Championships as a 16 year-old ... As a freshman, Graves was named an all-state performer without losing a single match that season ... Was instrumental in helping his team win the state title in 2004.
Personal: Born Joshua H. Graves ... Son of Glen and Eileen Graves ... Majoring in economics with a minor in business institutions.