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Axel Alvarez Llamas
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Axel Alvarez Llamas 1373162
Height: 6'3"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Asturias, Spain
High School: Centro de Alto Rendimiento

Junior (2014-15)
Named a 2015 ITA All-American in both singles and doubles; only the second Sooner ever to accomplish the feat … Became the first Sooner ever to be ranked No. 1 in singles by the ITA … Earned the program’s first ever No. 1 overall seed for the 2015 NCAA Singles Championship … Named 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year … Named All-Big 12 in both singles and doubles … Named All-Tournament at No. 2 singles at the 2015 ITA National Indoors … Helped the Sooners win both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the second time in program history … Led Oklahoma to the finals of the NCAA Team Championships for the second consecutive year … Went 39-6 in singles with a 25-1 mark in dual play that included a 21-match win streak … His 39 singles wins were the third most in a single season in program history … Completed 45 total matches during the year, tying for second most in program history for the second year in a row … Earned the No. 8 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Dane Webb … Rose as high as No. 5 in the ITA doubles rankings with Webb; finished the year ranked No. 8 … Went a combined 30-12 in doubles during the year, tied for second most wins in a single season behind his own program record of 33 set in 2014 … His 42 doubles matches played broke the record he set with Webb in 2014 for the most in a single season in program history … Won the 2014 USTA/ITA Central Region Singles Championship and advanced to the doubles final with Webb … Won 21 matches in a row from 1/20-5/9 … Went 3-0 in singles at the 2015 ITA National Indoor Championships and 2-0 in doubles … Topped eventual NCAA singles champion Ryan Shane in straight sets during the Sooners’ home meeting with Virginia … Went 4-0 in singles in the Sooners’ four matches with Baylor … Went 19-3 in singles against opponents ranked in the ITA top 30 … Topped No. 2 Julian Lenz of Baylor in straight sets twice, once in the regular season conference play meeting and once in the final of the Big 12 Championship … Topped No. 4 Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas in straight sets in the Big 12 Championships semifinal … Went 6-1 in singles and 5-2 in doubles during the post-season.

Sophomore (2013-2014)
(Spring) Finished the spring 2014 season ranked No. 6 in singles … Became the fifth Sooner in program history to earn All-America honors with his inclusion on the 2014 ITA All-America Team … Claimed Big 12 championship at No. 2 doubles position on the back of a 5-0 record in Big 12 play with fellow All-American Guillermo Alcorta … Earned second team Academic All-Big 12 honors … Finished the season 21-5 overall in dual matches including a 7-2 mark at No. 1 singles … Combined with Guillermo Alcorta to record a 18-3 record at No. 2 doubles … Won all three singles matches that went to completion in the 2014 NCAA Championship, including a 6-4, 6-2 upset win over No. 1 ranked Marcos Giron of UCLA in the semifinals match … Won the match clinching point against No. 46 ranked Pepperdine with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 27 ranked Alex Sarkissian … Clinched a win over No. 17 Kentucky with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alejandro Gomez at No. 2 singles … Toppled No. 18 Diego Galeano at No. 2 singles to help push the Sooner past No. 6 Baylor in the consolation match of the 2014 ITA National Indoor Championship … Defeated Blake Davis 7-5, 6-2 in the Sooners’ sweep of Florida State in ESPN’s first ever College MatchDay series … Handled Sam Shropshire of Northwestern 6-3, 6-1 to help the Sooners sweep No. 31 Northwestern and claim the 2014 ITA Kickoff Championship title. 

Freshman (2012-13)
Ranked No. 110 in singles as of May 2 ... Ranked No. 68 in doubles with Guillermo Alcorta as of May 2 ... Named the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year ... Won OU's only match in its Sweet Sixteen loss to Georgia ... Clinched OU's Big 12 Championship win ... Had wins over Texas in singles and Baylor in doubles and singles en route to OU's second Big 12 Championship title in a row ... Big 12 regular season champion at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles ... Upset No. 108 Sudanwa Sitaram 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in his first Red River Rivalry ... Won his first match at the No. 3 position against Arizona's Kieren Thompson 6-1, 6-4 ... He and Alcorta upset No. 40 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow at Texas A&M 8-6 when they were unranked ... Played at the No. 4 position in singles in 18 matches and the No. 3 position in six matches ... Played at the No. 2 position in doubles in 23 matches. (Fall) Won doubles title at ITA Central Region Championships with Guillermo Alcorta ... Also made it to the singles quarterfinals in the tournament.

Son of Jose Vidal Alvarez Ponce and Rosa María Llamas Rivas ... has one brother, Boris (15) ... Most notable achievement is runner up in the sub 16 European championships and top 50 ITF ... Favorite tennis player is Bernard Tomic ... Favorite OU tradition is the football games ... Favorite restaurant is McDonald's ... Favorite sports hero is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite movie is Inside Man.

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