April 24, 2012
A trio of Baylor men's tennis players have been named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Tennis Team, the league office announced. Julian Bley and Robert Verzaal were named to the first team and Roberto Maytin was a second-team selection.
The Academic All-Big 12 Men's Tennis Team consists of 21 players as 15 were named to the first team and six were selected to the second team.
Bley, a senior management and international business major from Veitschoechheim, Germany, earned first team honors for the third straight year. He joins four other Bears as three-time selections; Mark Williams (1999-00), Reiner Neurohr (2002-04), Benjamin Becker (2003-05) and current assistant coach Dominik Mueller (2008-10). Bley maintains a 12-6 record in dual match singles play this season and has won nine of his last 10 matches and is 12-9 in doubles action.
Verzaal, a sophomore from Shreveport, La., earned his first Academic All-Big 12 honor. The pre-business major owns a 9-4 dual match singles record and is 11-7 in dual match doubles action.
Maytin earned second-team honors for the second straight season. The junior communications major from Valencia, Venezuela, is ranked No. 98 in singles and No. 59 in doubles with Kike Grangeiro and No. 87 with Mate Zsiga. Maytin is 21-14 on the year in singles and 13-9 in dual match doubles action.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
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. 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, Baylor will begin the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Conference Championship on April 27-29 in College Station, Texas. The Bears will take on the No. 6 seeded Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. on Friday. The winner of Friday's match will take on the tournament's top seed, Oklahoma at 11 a.m. on Saturday.