The Big 12 picked up two national awards today as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its postseason award winners. Oklahoma's John Roddick was named the Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year and Julian Lenz of Baylor was named the ITA Player to Watch.
After a thrilling victory over UCLA on Monday night, the Sooners advanced to their first ever NCAA Championship appearance. Regardless of its result in the NCAA Championship, Oklahoma will set the program record for single-season winning percentage. The Sooners are currently 28-3, giving them a season win percentage of .903.
In five seasons, Roddick has coached five ITA All-Americans, two ITA Men's Central Region Seniors of the Year, two ITA Men's Central Region Rookies of the Year, two ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Region Winners, two Big 12 Players of the Year, four Big 12 Freshmen of the Year and two Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Performers.
This is the second Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year honor for the Big 12. Baylor's Matt Knoll claimed the award in 2005.
Julian Lenz, the 2014 ITA Player to Watch, reached a career high of number two in the ITA National Singles Rankings by turning in a 35-7 singles record in his sophomore year at Baylor. He's currently ranked No. 3 in the ITA National Singles Rankings, having gone 24-4 in dual matches including a 15-3 mark at first singles. He's picked up wins over No. 1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) and No. 4 Mitchell Frank (Virginia) this spring.