Lenz Tallies Two ITA Texas Region Honors

Posted at 11:18 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 00:18:41-04

TEMPE, Ariz. - Baylor men's tennis senior Julian Lenz was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with two Texas region awards Monday.

Lenz was named the region’s ITA Senior Player of the Year, after playing at the top of the singles lineup for the Bears in 2016. Lenz has been ranked in the ITA top 30 for a majority of the season, but he currently resides at No. 12 after tallying a 24-5 singles record overall and a 19-3 mark in dual-match play. Lenz is the fifth player in program history to win the award with the last coming from Patrick Pradella in 2014.

The senior is 13-5 against ranked opponents, including wins over then-No. 5 Arthur Rinderknech of Texas A&M and then-No. 18 Felipe Soares of Texas Tech.

Following the 2016 NCAA Team Championships, the Giessen, Germany, native will represent Baylor in the singles portion of the NCAA Championships on May 25-30.

Lenz, also won the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award, after providing the Bears with a proven senior presence throughout the year in Waco. The four-time letterwinner has tallied a career 112-32 singles mark and a 93-25 career doubles record, making him the 10th player in program history to reach 100 career singles victories.

He is the fifth BU player to win the honor, joining Mark Williams (2001), Lars Poerschke (2008), John Peers (2011) and Mate Zsiga (2015).

Previously, Lenz had been recognized regionally by the ITA in 2014 as the ITA Regional Player to Watch.

Lenz is now eligible to win an ITA National award, which will be announced on May 24.

The 35th-ranked Baylor men's team will begin its NCAA Championships run with a first round match vs. No. 22 Florida State Saturday at 9 a.m. CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.