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 April 15 - 22. This is the second honor for Hess-Olesen and the third for Ritchie.
Big 12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas, Jr., Aarhus, Denmark
Hess-Olesen led Texas to its first Big 12 regular season title since 2010 by going undefeated (5-0) at the No. 1 singles position in Big 12 Conference play. Last week, Hess-Olesen extended his winning streak to seven matches with wins over BU’s 12th-ranked Patrick Pradella and Texas Tech’s 108th-ranked Felipe Soares, both in straight sets. Hess-Olesen did not lose a single set in Big 12 play. The 2013 ITA All-American has a career-high 25 overall wins this season (25-6, 16-2 dual match play) and holds a 12-6 record against nationally-ranked singles opponents this season, including a 2-0 record last week.
Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma, Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.
After falling to Lushkova in a non-conference Bedlam matchup back in March, Ritchie came back with a vengeance to defeat Lushkova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. This was Ritchie’s fifth win over a ranked opponent this season. It was also the only time all season that Ritchie gave up only two games in an entire match. She leads the Sooners in singles with a 17-3 record, including a flawless 11-0 record at the No. 2 position for the year. She is 6-2 at the No.1 and 2 positions in Big 12 play with both losses coming against ranked players at the No. 1 spot. She is the current active singles leader for Oklahoma with 86 wins. In doubles, Ritchie teamed up with freshman Morgan Chumney for the first time all year. The duo topped the 53rd-ranked Narattana and Lushkova, 8-3, to help give the Sooners the edge in doubles. This was her third win over a ranked doubles team this season.
2014 BIG 12 TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Date||Men's Player of the Week
||Women's Player of the Week|
||---||Simona Parajova, TCU, Jr.|
|March 25||---||Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State, Fr.|
|April 1||Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas, Jr.||Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma, Sr.|
|April 8||Michel Dornbusch, Baylor, Jr.||Jordaan Sanford, Baylor, Sr.|
|---||Breaunna Addison, Texas, So.|
|April 15||Patrick Pradella, Baylor, Sr.||Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State, Fr.|
|April 22||Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas, Jr.||Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma, Sr.|