April 22, 2014
IRVING, Texas - The Baylor men's tennis team led the Big 12 Conference with six student-athletes earning a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Team, league officials announced on Tuesday.
Six players honored is a new program record for BU, which had five student-athletes recognized in 2009 and 2010. The Bears have now had at least two honorees in 12 consecutive seasons.
Lenz, a sophomore pre-business major, is the No. 2 ranked singles player in the country. He owns a 21-2 dual-match singles record and was 4-1 in Big 12 play. He has 14 wins over ranked opponents this season. The Giessen, Germany, product, has had success in doubles as well. He is 8-1 with partner Michel Dornbusch and was 5-0 in Big 12 play.
Lupieri, a junior management major, has produced a 29-8 singles record this season and a 15-4 mark in dual-match play. The Zagreb, Croatia, native, is 11-5 in doubles play with partner Diego Galeano.
Pradella has played at the top of the lineup for most of the season. The senior economics major boasts a 19-9 singles record and a current national rank of No. 16. The product of Bielefeld, Germany, partners with Mate Zsiga in doubles to be the 36th-ranked tandem. The duo has a 9-7 record in doubles play.
Verzaal, a senior management major from Shreveport, La., has a 4-1 singles record in dual-match play and a 6-3 record in doubles action this year.
Winning 11 singles matches in a row has upped Zsiga's season record to 27-12 and his dual-match mark to 17-5. The speech communication major from Sveged, Hungary, was an undefeated 5-0 in Big 12 play. The junior teams with Pradella to makeup the No. 36 doubles team in the country, which is 9-7 on the year.
On the second team, Galeano is a junior entrepreneurship and management major from Asuncion, Paraguay. He is 13-5 in spring singles action and has a 25-9 record overall this year. Galeano is currently ranked No. 29 in the latest ITA singles listings. He partners with Lupieri to be 11-5 in doubles action.
The league honored a total of 23 men, including 17 on the first team and six on the second team.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. First-team honorees have a 3.20 GPA or higher. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Next up, Baylor will begin the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Conference Championships starting Friday in Fort Worth, Texas. The Bears will take on the winner of Friday's Oklahoma State-Texas Tech match at noon on Saturday.
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