Four Bears tennis players earn Big 12 honors

Four Bears tennis players earn Big 12 honors
Posted at 8:54 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 21:54:04-04

Baylor men's tennis juniors Johannes Schretter and Will Little along with freshmen duo Sven Lah and Roy Smith received All-Big 12 recognition for their 2018 seasons on Thursday afternoon as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Schretter earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team in singles while Smith and Lah were named to the All-Big 12 First Team in doubles. Little earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team in singles.

Baylor has had at least one selection to the All-Big 12 Singles Team in every year of the conference’s existence, making it 22 straight seasons with Schretter and Little’s selections. BU also has two singles selections for the 17th consecutive year. The Bears have had a doubles team earn conference recognition in 19 of 22 seasons in the Big 12.

Schretter is currently ranked No. 63 nationally and owns a 24-13 singles record on theyear. He is 13-7 in dual-match action and has six wins against ranked foes, while playing at the top three spots for the Bears. He was also named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and is an alternate for the NCAA Tennis Singles Championship announced last week.

Little was recognized for the second-straight season and first time as a member of the All-Big 12 singles team. He is currently ranked No. 50 in the country with a 16-8 overall record and a 9-4 mark in dual-match singles action. He boasts a 3-2 mark against ranked opponents and has won four of his last five decisions. Along with earning a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, he has been selected with Schretter as an at-large bid to the NCAA Tennis Doubles Championships later this month.

Earning their first career All-Big 12 honors, Lah and Smith are 19-2 overall on the year and hold an impressive 17-1 mark in dual-match play. The tandem owns 10 straight victories and hasn’t posted a loss since March 5 at UCF.

The BU duo is 1-0 against nationally ranked pairings with their first career ranked victory coming in a 6-3 victory over then-No. 83 Alastair Gray and Trevor Johnson of TCU in the Big 12 Championship semifinals.

Baylor will open NCAA action in College Station on Friday as the Bears take on 36th-ranked and third-seeded Arizona State in first round action at 10 a.m. That match is followed by No. 5 overall seed and host Texas A&M and No. 4 seed Lamar meeting at 1 p.m. The winners of those two matches will then play on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a spot at the final site in Winston-Salem, N.C.