Three Aggies Earn Academic All Big 12 First Team Honors

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IRVING -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team had three of its own named to the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Tennis Team as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Leading the way for the Aggies in the classroom was junior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) who was honored for the second time of his career as a first team selection. An accounting major in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M, Makowski boasts a 3.481 cumulative grade-point average. He was named an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar in 2006.

Junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) made his first appearance on the first team after receiving back-to-back second team honors in 2005 and 2006. Bain holds a 3.292 cumulative GPA as a marketing major in the Mays Business School at A&M.

Sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) received first-team billing with an impressive 3.708 GPA in general studies. He is looking to major in business and finance at Texas A&M.

The Aggies tied Nebraska with the second-most honorees among all seven Big 12 schools which sponsor men’s tennis as a varsity sport. Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men’s academic all-league tennis squad consisted of 16 first-team members combined with three on the second team. First-team members consisted of student-athletes who maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team with student-athletes who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

On The National Front…The Aggies (14-10) are ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings released Tuesday…Makowski and Pollock are ranked No. 68 and No. 69 respectively in singles, while senior Bryan Wooten (Houston, Texas) and Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) are ranked No. 54 in doubles. Pollock is 22-10 overall in singles, while Wooten is a team-leading 25-9 overall in doubles.

Going To Kansas City…For the third time in conference history, the 2007 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be held on April 26-29 at the Plaza Tennis Courts in Kansas City, Mo. On the men’s side, Baylor (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Texas (1997, 1999, 2006) and Texas A&M (1998, 2000, 2001) have combined to win all 10 of the previous Big 12 postseason

championships. The Aggies are the No. 7 seed and will take on the No. 2 seed in quarterfinal action on Friday, April 27 at 9 a.m. A&M (14-10, 1-5) will face either rival Texas (16-7, 4-2) or Oklahoma State (15-3, 3-2) in the first round of the tournament. Baylor (22-3, 6-0) won the Big 12 regular season title and earned a first-round bye. OU, OSU and Texas Tech will wrap-up makeup matches this week on Tuesday and Thursday which will decide the remaining No. 2 through No. 6 seeds in the bracket.

Individual Regular Season Champions…With makeup matches still to be played, A&M is in contention for three individual Big 12 Conference titles. Conor Pollock has compiled a conference-leading 4-2 record at No. 2 singles, but could end up in a three-way tie for the honor with OSU’s Ivan Puchkarov (3-2) and Texas Tech’s Dimitrio Martinez (3-2). Pollock and teammate Matt Bain finished regular season play with a 3-3 record at No. 2 doubles and could share the title with doubles teams from OSU and Tech. Meanwhile, Bryan Wooten and freshman Luka Ocvirk (Ljubljana, Slovenia) boast an undefeated 5-0 record at No. 3 doubles, but could tie doubles teams from OSU and OU. Position winners are determined by the most victories and a minimum of four matches played by position. Records at higher positions count towards records in which student-athletes have played a minimum of four matches. Student-athletes who tie or win positional titles outright will each receive medals at the conference championship.