The Big 12 has announced that fans will be able to watch the title matches of the 2015 Big 12 Tennis Championship live on FOX Sports 2, marking the first time the event will be available on a national television broadcast. The title matches will also be available via streaming on FOX Sports GO.
Blair Shankle (Baylor) and Alex Sendegeya (Texas Tech) are the Big 12 Tennis Players of the Week for competition taking place from March 7-14. It is the first career Big 12 weekly award for Sendegeya, a freshman, while Shankle earns the honors for the second time this season.
The old cliché ‘do what you love and it won't feel like work,' is actually a reality for junior tennis player Hailey Barrett. Barrett stumbled into tennis at age five and quickly found a love for the game that still exists to this day.
A trio of freshmen has been named the Big 12 Tennis Players of the Week for competition taking place March 31-April 7. Smith Hinton (Kansas) and Sarah Dvorak (Texas Tech) are co-recipients of the women's award, while Cameron Norrie took home honors on the men's side.
Kenna Kilgo (Texas Tech) and Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) are the Big 12 Tennis Players of the Week for competition taking place from March 24-31. It is the first career Big 12 weekly award for both student-athletes.
Oklahoma, the reigning ITA Indoor Champion, will open the 2015 Conference season as the league favorite in the Big 12 coaches' poll. The Sooners were selected first for the third-consecutive season with five first place votes and 25 points. Baylor tallied one first-place vote, coming in second with 21 points. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.
Maria Belen Luduena (Kansas) is the Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition taking place from March 17-24. It is the first Big 12 weekly award of Luduena's career. She is also the first Jayhawk to win the honor since Christine Skoda in 2005.
If a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, then perhaps Oklahoma men's tennis sophomore Alex Ghilea by any other nickname would play just as well.
Blair Shankle (Baylor) has been named the first Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the 2015 season. Shankle earned the honor for matches played from March 10-17. This honor is the first of Shankle's career.
The Baylor Bears women's tennis team has been unanimously selected to claim the Big 12 regular season championship by a vote of the league's head coaches. It is the third time in the last four years that BU has been the unanimous Big 12 favorites.
The 2015 ITA All-Tournament Team features five Big 12 student-athletes, including the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Alex Ghilea of Oklahoma (No. 5 singles). Also garnering All-Tournament Team honors were Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez (No. 2 singles) and Dane Webb (No. 3 singles), as well as the Baylor duo of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios (No. 3 doubles).
Frankfort, Germany, native Julian Lenz grew up with many tennis connections to Waco, Texas.