ATHENS, Ga. – Baylor men’s tennis sophomore Jimmy Bendeck was named the recipient of the Elite 90 Award for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. Bendeck became the seventh Baylor student-athlete to win the award since its inception in 2009.
The award, which was founded by the NCAA, honors the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
Bendeck holds a 3.96 cumulative grade point average while majoring in finance and entrepreneurship. He was presented the award during the Tennis Championships banquet on Wednesday night in Athens, Ga. On the court, Bendeck holds a 24-12 singles record and a 13-7 mark in dual-match play.
Bendeck joins Jessica Ubanyionwu (women’s indoor track & field, 2009), Lindsay Palmer (women’s basketball, 2010 and 2012), Diamond Richardson (women’s outdoor track & field, 2010), Taylor Ormond (women’s tennis, 2011), Sarah Crockett (softball, 2014) and Laura Lonardi (women’s golf, 2016) as BU athletes to be recognized with the honor.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team and a designated member of the squad size at the championship.
Bendeck is slated to be in the lineup for the Bears as they face No. 10 Texas Thursday at 8 a.m. CT in the NCAA Championships Round of 16. Live scoring and video for the all the final site matches can be found at GeorgiaDogs.com. Complete meet recaps and video highlights can be found at the conclusion of each day of competition at BaylorBears.com.
BAYLOR ELITE 90 AWARD WINNERS Jessica Ubanyionwu – women’s indoor track & field, 2009 Lindsay Palmer – women’s basketball, 2010 and 2012 Diamond Richardson – women’s outdoor track & field, 2010 Taylor Ormond – women’s tennis, 2011 Sarah Crockett – softball, 2014 Laura Lonardi – women’s golf, 2016 Jimmy Bendeck – men’s tennis, 2017