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OU and ISU Capture Weekly Awards
February 28, 2017

Oklahoma’s Spencer Papa and Iowa State’s Samantha Budai capture week seven Big 12 Tennis Player of the Week honors. This marks the first career weekly award for Budai and second for Papa.

Spencer Papa, Oklahoma, Jr., Edmond, Okla.

  • Was the only player in the Big 12 to defeat a top-25 opponent in singles last the week, defeating No. 25 Or Ram-Harel of Tulsa 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8).
  • Defended three match points in the third-set tiebreaker before winning 10-8. The victory was Papa’s second consecutive match against a top-25 singles player.
  • With teammate Jochen Bertsch, took down Tulsa’s tandem of Okkie Kellerman and Dominic Berchard in doubles, 6-3.

Samantha Budai, Iowa State, Sr., London, Ontario

  • Defeated Northern Iowa’s Jieke Stoobant in the No. 1 singles position to stay undefeated during the dual season in singles play, 6-0.
  • Been a crucial part of the six dual win streak for Iowa State and started off the season as the first Cyclone to be nationally ranked.
  • Recorded a doubles win over UNI with teammate Maty Cancini that helped ISU pull off the 7-0 victory of Northern Iowa.

Big 12 Tennis Weekly Awards 

Date Male Female
January 17 Juan Benitez, Baylor, So. Bianca Turati, Texas, Fr.
January 24 Christian Sigsgaard, Texas, Fr. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech, Jr.
January 31 Andrew Harris, Oklahoma, Sr.

Sabrina Federici, Texas Tech, Jr.

February 7 Andrew Harris, Oklahoma, Sr.

Blair Shankle, Baylor, Sr.
Seda Arantekin, TCU, Sr.

February 14 Arjun Kadhe, Oklahoma State, Sr. Felicity Maltby, Texas Tech, So.
February 20 Julian Cash, Oklahoma State, Jr. Ines Mesquita, K-State, Fr.
February 28 Spencer Papa, Oklahoma, Jr. Samantha Budai, Iowa State, Sr.
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