June 18, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor men's tennis senior Patrick Pradella was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his sport, the league office announced on Wednesday.
The Bielefeld, Germany, native was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2014 and maintains a 3.88 GPA in economics.
In his final season in Waco, Pradella ended the year ranked No. 18 in singles play and No. 28 with partner Mate Zsiga in doubles. He completed his Baylor career with a 21-10 season and a 12-5 mark in dual-match action. He earned a spot on the All-Big 12 singles team as well and was selected to participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Pradella's highlight of the year came in the Big 12 Championship title match as he helped BU secure a 4-3 win over No. 3 Oklahoma. With the match tied at three points apiece, Pradella found himself in a three-set battle with sixth-ranked Axel Alvarez Llamas on court 2. The Sooner had won the first-set 7-6(6), before Pradella forced a third set with a 6-3 win in the second.
The BU senior was serving with a 4-3 advantage in the third when all the attention turned to his court. He went on to take a 5-3 lead in the deciding set, before Alvarez held to cut the deficit to 5-4. Pradella then served for the match and the Big 12 Championship title.
His service game lasted 28 minutes as he had six match points and faced five break points. There were 11 deuces in the game. On the sixth and final match point, Pradella aced it out up the middle for the victory. He was mobbed on the court by his teammates and earned Big 12 Most Outstanding Player honors.
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