Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) and Whitney Ritchie (Oklahoma have been named Big 12 Tennis Players of the Week as selected by league officials for matches from March 25 - 31. This is the first honor for Hess-Olesen and the second for Ritchie.
Oklahoma, the defending Big 12 tournament champion, will open the 2014 Conference season as the league favorite in the Big 12 coaches' poll. The Sooners were selected first for the second-consecutive season with four first place votes and 24 points.
Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) has been named the Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played from March 18-24. This honor is the first of Lushkova's career.
All six of the league's men's teams hold a .600 record or better while nine of the ten women's squads sit at .500 or better.
Simona Parajova (TCU) has been named the Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played from March 11-17. This is the first career honor for Parajova who becomes the first Horned Frog to earn the distinction since TCU joined the league prior to the 2012-13 season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Lady Raiders will be featured this week on Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis on the Tennis Channel.
For the second time in three years, the Baylor Bears have been unanimously selected to claim the 2014 regular season championship by a vote of the league's head coaches.
The league's six men's squads continue to sit at .500 or better while seven of the women's teams are above .500.
All six Big 12 men's tennis squads and seven of the ten women's squads boast a winning percentage of .500 or better.
The television series featuring the TCU men's and women's tennis teams, Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis, is set to premiere on the Tennis Channel on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m., CST, during coverage of the Australian Open.
The Baylor men's and Texas women's tennis teams highlight Big 12 teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's first poll of the 2014 season. The Bears sit at No. 8, while the Longhorns check in at No. 17.
Thirty-six Big 12 tennis student-athletes have been ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's singles and doubles preseason rankings, while three have been tabbed to the freshman/newcomer rankings.