IRVING, Texas - Three Texas A&M men’s tennis players and two Aggie women’s tennis players were among 49 student-athletes honored by the Big 12 Conference as the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 tennis teams were announced today.

On the Aggie men’ side, junior Niall Angus, from London, England, is a repeat first-team selection and he is joined on the first-team by senior co-captain Colin Hoover, from Victoria, Texas. Senior John Lewis, from Birmingham, Alabama, was named to the men’s second-team honor team.

On the Aggie women’s side, senior Sheri Olivier, from Topeka, Kansas, was named to the first-team elite squad for the third consecutive year. Junior Janelle Cuthbertson, from Perth, Australia, was named to the second-team honor squad.

The Academic All-Big 12 Tennis Team includes 34 (15 men, 19 women) first team honorees and 15 (six men, nine women) second team members. A total of 28 women (19 first team, nine second team) earned honors, while 21 men (15 first team, six second team) garnered accolades.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. 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 the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Texas A&M will serve as host for the 2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships being held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Aggie campus this weekend. Both the Aggie men’s and women’s teams will play Friday (Apr. 27) with the men opening play against Texas and first serve is set for 12 noon, while the women are slated to face Kansas State at 3 p.m. For ticket information, go to and click on tickets or call 1-888-99-AGGIE (888-992-4443).

2012 Academic All-Big 12 MEN’S TENNIS Team

First Team (3.20-plus GPA; *indicates nominated with a 4.00 GPA)

Name, School Class Major Hometown
Julian Bley, Baylor Jr. Finance/Economics Veitshoechheim, Germany
Robert Verzaal, Baylor So. Pre-Business Shreveport, La.
Peerakit Siributwong, Oklahoma So. Multidisciplinary Studies Bangkok, Thailand
Vladislav Bondarenko, Oklahoma State* Sr. International Studies Faki, Ukraine
Brandon Champagne, Oklahoma State So. Management Tulsa, Okla.
Trevor Horstmann, Oklahoma State* Jr. Accounting Tulsa, Okla.
Eric West, Oklahoma State Sr. Economics Tulsa, Okla.
Chris Camillone, Texas Jr. Humanities Austin, Texas
Alex Hilliard, Texas Jr. History Corpus Christi, Texas
Sudanwa Sitaram, Texas So. Physical Culture and Sport Tamil Nadu, India
Niall Angus, Texas A&M Jr. Business London, England
Colin Hoover, Texas A&M Sr. Agricultural Leadership and Development Victoria, Texas

Rafael Garcia, Texas Tech Sr. Business Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Vitor Manzini, Texas Tech Jr. Business Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gabriel Wanderley, Texas Tech So. Business Sao Paulo, Brazil

Second Team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA)

Name, School C lass M ajor H ometown
Roberto Maytin, Baylor Jr. Communication Specialist Valencia, Venezuela
Rifat Biktyakov, Oklahoma State So. Russian Language and Literature Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Daniel Whitehead, Texas Jr. Physical Culture and Sport Sugar Land, Texas
John Lewis, Texas A&M Sr. Agribusiness Birmingham, Alabama
Jeff Bryan, Texas Tech Jr. Personal Financial Planning San Angelo, Texas
Raony Carvalho, Texas Tech Sr. Human Science Brazilia, Brazil

2012 Academic All-Big 12 WOMEN’S TENNIS Team

First Team (3.20-plus GPA; *indicates nominat ed with a 4.00 GPA)

Name, School Class Major Hometown
Diana Nakic, Baylor Sr. Distribution Management and Technology Velenje, Slovenia
Sona Novakova, Baylor Sr. General Studies Slapanice, Czech Republic
Marie-Christine Chartier, Iowa State Sr. Psychology Repentigny, Quebec
Tessa Lang, Iowa State Sr. Kin- Helath Studies Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Chelsea Loprinzi, Iowa State Sr. Kin - Health Studies Rochester, Minn.
Maria Macedo, Iowa State Sr. Marketing Mexico City, Mexico
Paulina Los, Kansas So. Business Gdansk, Poland
Petra Chuda, Kansas State Sr. Finance Sokolnice, Czech Republic
Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State So. Economics Brno, Czech Republic
Maria Christensen, Missouri Jr. Biology Hellerup, Denmark
Jamie Mera, Missouri* Sr. Journalism Tampa, Fla.
Marie-Pier Huet, Oklahoma Sr. Communication Quebec City, Quebec
Peta Maree Lancaster, Oklahoma Sr. Energy Management Edmond, Okla.
CC Sardinha, Oklahoma State Jr. Psychology Bradenton, Fla.
Carlene Leyden, Texas Sr. Chemical Engineering/Pre-Med Houston, Texas
Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M Sr. Human Resource Development Topeka, Kan.
Sam Adams, Texas Tech So. English New Braunfels, Texas
Caroline Starck, Texas Tech Jr. Business Management Williams Bay, Wis.
Elizabeth Ullathorne, Texas Tech Jr. Exercise and Sport Science Lancashire, United Kingdom

Second Team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA)
Name, School Class Major Hometown

Nina Secerbegovic, Baylor Sr. Computer Informatino Systems Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jenna Langhorst, Iowa State Jr. Industrial Engineering Palatine, Ill.
Carmen Borau Ramos, Kansas State Jr. Civil Engineering San Bernardo, Spain
Rachel Stuhlmann, Missouri So. Undeclared St. Louis, Mo.
Mia Lancaster, Oklahoma So. Marketing Edmond, Okla.
Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma So. A&S Planned Program Oklahoma City, Okla.
Julia Weigand, Texas Sr. Psychology San Antonio, Texas
Maya Zein-El-Abdin, Texas Sr. Psychology Missouri City, Texas
Janelle Cuthbertson, Texas A&M Jr. Sport Management Perth, Australia