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MT - Zsiga Earns Second Straight Big 12 Honor

Freshman Mate Zsiga earned his second Big 12 Player of the Week honor.

Freshman Mate Zsiga earned his second Big 12 Player of the Week honor.

April 16, 2012

IRVING, Texas - For a second straight week Baylor's Mate Zsiga has been named the Big 12 men's tennis player of the week for play from April 9-15.

Zsiga is the first Big 12 men's freshman to be honored in back-to-back weeks since Baylor's Benjamin Becker accomplished the feat during the weeks of March 18 and 25, 2002. He is the sixth Bear to earn two or more awards in a single season. Baylor's John Peers was the school's last back-to-back winner in 2011.

Zsiga raised his overall record to 32-5 on the season and 18-2 in dual match play with singles victories over three ranked players last week. The 23rd-ranked freshman first took down No. 92 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa), then upset 11th-ranked Costin Paval (Oklahoma), and finally knocked off No. 100 Vlad Bondarenko (Oklahoma State).

In doubles, Zsiga and his partner freshman Diego Galeano, downed OSU's Rifat Biktyakov and Bondarenko, 8-4. The 67th-ranked tandem narrowly missed upsetting the nation's No. 6 and 8 ranked doubles teams. Zsiga and Galeano took Tulsa's sixth-ranked Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling to a tiebreak, but fell 9-8 (13-11) and lost to OU's eighth-ranked duo of Paval and Dane Webb, 8-6.

 

 

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