April 24, 2013
FORT WORTH—TCU placed seven of the nine individuals from its roster on the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Tennis Team released this week by the conference office. The Horned Frogs led all conference men’s teams with their seven selections.
Five Frogs were named first-team honorees for maintaining a GPA of 3.20 or better: juniors Rodolfo Bustamante (Bauro, Brazil; economics) and Max Stevens (Dallas, Texas; communication studies) and sophomores Nick Chappell (Indianapolis, Ind.; sociology), Arnau Dachs (Vic, Spain; economics) and Facundo Lugones (Buenos Aires, Argentina; economics).
Included on the second team, which honors those student-athletes who hold a GPA between 3.00 and 3.19, were seniors JT Sundling (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; psychology) and Orlando Superlano (San Cristobal, Venezuela; economics).
Chappell, Stevens and Sundling were each honored as academic all-conference for the second straight year following selections in the Mountain West in 2012.
In addition to meeting the GPA requirement, student-athletes must have participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s scheduled team matches to qualify for the Academic All-Big 12 Team. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all criteria except participation standards are also eligible.
A total of 25 Big 12 student-athletes were recognized for their academic accomplishments, 19 on the first team and six on the second team.
TCU begins postseason play this weekend when it travels to Norman, Okla., for its inaugural appearance in the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship. The fourth-seeded Frogs will open the bracket Friday at 9 a.m. when they face No. 5 seed Texas Tech at the Headington Family Tennis Center on the Oklahoma campus.