Mate Zsiga named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches.
May 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Mate Zsiga was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and he was joined on the All-Big 12 singles team by Roberto Maytin and Maytin and Kike Grangeiro received all-league doubles recognition the Big 12 Conference office announced today.
Zsiga is the seventh Baylor player to win Freshman of the Year honors, but the first since 2005. The Hungarian-native was a force at the top of the BU lineup, racking up a 20-4 dual-match record and a 4-1 mark in Big 12 play. He went 14-7 against ranked opponents to be currently ranked 17th in the nation. Zsiga also earned an invite to the individual portion of the NCAA Tennis Championship. Zsiga was a unanimous All-Big 12 singles selections as well.
Maytin, a junior from Valencia, Venezuela, earned his first All-Big 12 singles recognition but is now a three-time all-league selection in doubles. In singles, the 86th-ranked Maytin is 13-9 in dual match action.
Grangeiro, a senior from Brazilia, Brazil, was named All-Big 12 for the first time in his career. He combines with Maytin to earn unanimous doubles honors. The tandem, currently ranked No. 45 nationally, is 6-4 on the season and has won five straight matches.
The All-Big 12 tennis teams and awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Baylor has now had at least two singles players make the All-Big 12 team every year since 2002 and has landed multiple players on the list in 14 of the 16 years of the conference's existence. The Bears have had at least one doubles tandem make the league's squad for four straight years and for 15 out of the last 16 years.
Baylor, ranked No. 25, will be back on the court on Friday, May 11, in the NCAA First and Second Rounds, as they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on the 31st-ranked Memphis Tigers at 11 a.m. while host Mississippi State, ranked No. 9, will play Alcorn State at 2 p.m.
For a complete listing of All-Big 12 selections, please visit: All-Big 12