June 7, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Baylor freshman Mate Zsiga earned 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Men's Tennis All-American honors, the association announced Thursday. The talented rookie earned the distinction by finishing in the Top 20 of the final Campbell/ITA Rankings.
Zsiga, a native of Szeged, Hungary, becomes just the second Baylor freshman to earn singles All-American honors, former Bear standout Benjamin Becker was a 2002 recipient and went on to become a three-time singles All-American.
The Bears have now had an All-American in 11 straight seasons and a singles All-American in 11 of the last 13 years. Under head coach Matt Knoll, the Bears have had 12 student-athletes earn All-American honors 25 times. Three Baylor players are listed in the final ITA singles and doubles rankings. Zsiga received the highest listing, checking in at No. 17. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, ITA Texas Region Rookie of the Year and All-Big 12 selection led the team with a 36-8 record.
Junior Roberto Maytin, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, was ranked in both singles and doubles. With his 24-16 singles mark, Maytin finished rated No. 90 and was ranked with two different partners in doubles. He and senior Kike Grangeiro (Brazilia, Brazil) finished the season ranked No. 41 with an 8-5 mark and he teamed with Zsiga for an 11-5 record and a final listing of No. 73.
With their 19-12 season record, the Bears' No. 18 final ranking keeps BU as one of the top two collegiate men's tennis program over the last 10 years with an average ranking during that time of 6.1.
For a complete listing of All-America selections, please visit: All-America