IRVING, Texas – Texas’ Peyton Stearns and Siem Woldeab were named Big 12 Tennis Players of the Week after picking up ranked wins over the weekend. The award is the first weekly merit for Stearns this season and second of her career. Woldeab earns his first weekly honor this season which also marks the third men’s tennis weekly award for the Longhorns this spring.
Nationally ranked No. 7, Stearns went 4-0 over two matches as No. 6 Texas women’s tennis took a 7-0 win over West Virginia and a 6-1 victory over No. 20 Iowa State. The sophomore paired with Allura Zamarripa at No. 2 doubles and earned a 6-2 win over Momoko Nagato and Kendall Kovick before rallying to a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory on the top court against Kovic to complete the sweep .
Against the Cyclones, Stearns and Zamarripa defeated the 55th-ranked duo of Sofia Cabezas and Miska Kadleckova to clinch the doubles point. Stearns then picked up a 6-2, 6-4 straight-set win over No. 67 Thasaporn Naklo for the Longhorns’ third point of the day.
The Texas women are currently undefeated in Big 12 play at 4-0 and are riding a six-match win streak.
Meanwhile, No. 15 Texas men’s tennis battled No. 9 USC and No. 21 Pepperdine to 4-3 and 5-2 wins, respectively. Woldeab’s only loss on the west coast road trip was a close 5-7 defeat in doubles alongside partner Evin McDonald against Trojans Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate. The La Mesa, California native then fought his way back to a third-set tiebreaker on court four, facing No. 116 Bradley Frye, fending off a match point to win 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6).
Against Pepperdine, Woldeab returned to the doubles court with his usual partner Eliot Spizzirri (the pair is ranked No. 51) for a 6-0 sweep of Daniel De Jonge and Eric Hadigian to take the doubles point against the Waves. Woldeab then picked up his highest-ranked win in a dual match, tallying the Horns’ first singles win of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 48 Andrew Rogers.
2022 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 18 – Margarita Skriabina, Texas Tech, So.
Jan. 25 – Carmen Corley, Oklahoma, Jr.
Feb. 1 – Alicia Herrero Linana, Baylor, Sr.
Feb. 8 – Alexandra Pisareva, Oklahoma, Sr.
Feb. 15 – Ivana Corley, Oklahoma, Sr.
Feb. 22 – Lisa Marie Rioux, Oklahoma State, Sr.
March 1 – Mhai Sawangkaew, Oklahoma State, Fr.
March 8 – Ange Oby Kajuru, Iowa State, Fr.
March 15 – Isabella Harvison, Baylor, Jr.
March 22 – Peyton Stearns, Texas, So.
2022 Big 12 Men’s Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 18 – Jake Fearnley, TCU, So.
Jan. 25 – Richard Ciamarra, Texas, Sr.
Feb. 1 – Micah Braswell, Texas, So.
Feb. 8 – Alex Martinez, Oklahoma, Jr.
Feb. 15 – Adrian Boitan, Baylor, Jr.
Feb. 22 – Sander Jong, TCU, Jr.
March 1 – Jordan Hasson, Oklahoma, Fr.
March 8 – Alex Martinez, Oklahoma, Jr.
March 15 – Adrian Boitan, Baylor, Jr.
March 22 – Siem Woldeab, Texas, So.