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April 29, 1998

DALLAS - Featuring some of the best collegiate tennis players in the nation, the Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday its 1998 All-Conference Tennis Teams and individual honors. The all-conference teams and honors were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Heading the 1998 list is Oklahoma State's Pavel Kudrnac, the nation's No. 1 ranked player in the nation and Big 12 Men's Player of the Year. Kudrnac was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 1997. The senior from Pilsen, Czech Republic, also captured the Big 12 No. 1 singles position title for the second consecutive season by completing a perfect 9-0 record in league play. He and teammate Martin Dvoracek are currently ranked No. 2 in the country in doubles.

Rafael de Mesa of Texas A&M University was chosen as the Big 12 men's Freshman of the Year. Currently ranked No. 37 nationally, de Mesa led the Aggies to the Big 12 tournament title with a 4-0 win over the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns. Pawel Gajdzik of Baylor was named men's Newcomer of the Year. The sophomore from Szczecin, Poland, helped lead the Bears to a second place tie in conference standings.

Baylor's Matt Knoll and Tim Cass of Texas A&M were selected as Men's Co-coaches of the Year.

On the women's side, Texas' Sandy Sureephong was chosen as the 1998 Women's Player of the Year. Last year, she shared the honor with teammate Cristina Moros. Sureephong has been one of the nation's elite collegiate players all season and is currently ranked No. 4 nationally.

Zana Zlebnik of Texas Tech was honored as the women's freshman of the year. A native of Maribor, Slovenia, Zlebnik helped lead the Lady Raiders to a dramatic comeback in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament with a 5-4 win over Nebraska after being down 4-2 heading into doubles action. Raluca Gheorghe of Oklahoma was named as women's newcomer of the year. The junior from Bucharest, Romania, led the Sooners all season playing at the No. 1 singles position.

Colorado head coach Tom Russ was chosen as 1998 Women's Coach of the Year. Russ led the Buffaloes to the championship match against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. Colorado is currently ranked No. 40 in the nation in the latest Rolex Collegiate Tennis Rankings.

Listed on the following page please find the 1998 Big 12 All-Conference Tennis Teams and individual honors.

Pawel Gajdzik, Baylor
Johann Jooste, Baylor
Dony Papadia, Colorado
Enrique Abaroa, Kansas
Xavier Avila, Kansas
Dusty Beard, Oklahoma
Pavel Kudrnac, Oklahoma State
Jack Brasington, Texas
Nick Crowell, Texas
Paul Martin, Texas
Rafael de Mesa, Texas A&M
Shuon Madden, Texas A&M
Carlos Tori, Texas A&M

Doubles Johann Jooste/David Hodge, Baylor Dony Papadia/Boris Sepesi, Colorado Enrique Abaroa/Luis Uribe, Kansas Dinko Verzi/Markus Bergerheim, Nebraska Pavel Kudrnac/Martin Dvoracek, Oklahoma State Nick Crowell/Paul Martin, Texas Shuon Madden/Carlos Tori, Texas A&M

Player of the Year -- Pavel Kudrnac, Oklahoma State

Freshman of the Year -- Rafael de Mesa, Texas A&M

Newcomer of the Year -- Pawel Gajdzik, Baylor

Co-Coaches of the Year -- Matt Knoll, Baylor Tim Cass, Texas A&M

WOMEN Singles Jessica Garrow, Colorado Nadine Kenzelmann, Colorado Kylie Hunt, Kansas Christie Sim, Kansas Christine Sues, Kansas Yana Dorodnova, Kansas State Lisa Hart, Nebraska Raluca Gheorghe, Oklahoma Michelle Faucher, Texas Cristina Moros, Texas Sandy Sureephong, Texas Zana Zlebnik, Texas Tech Doubles Kylie Hunt/Christie Sim, Kansas Christine Sues/Julia Sidorova, Kansas Yana Dorodnova/Lena Piliptchak, Kansas State Viviana Mracnova/Danielle Knipp, Oklahoma Sandy Sureephong/Cristina Moros, Texas Lisa Dingwall/Vanessa Rooks, Texas A&M Zana Zlebnik/Amanda Earhart, Texas Tech Player of the Year -- Sandy Sureephong, Texas

Freshman of the Year -- Zana Zlebnik, Texas Tech

Newcomer of the Year -- Raluca Gheorghe, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year -- Tom Russ, Colorado




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