Spencer

Papa

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Height: 6'2"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Major: Administrative Leadership

Bio

Career
Completed his Oklahoma career at 55-49 in singles and 70-50 in doubles … Tallied 125 combined wins, good for the seventh-most in OU history and a .583 win percentage … 10th in the OU record books in career doubles wins … Two-time NCAA Singles Championships qualifier … 2019 ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year … 2019 OU Athletics Director’s Leadership Award … Two-time All-Big 12 singles selection in 2017 and 2019 … Was the 2017 Doubles national champion alongside Andrew Harris, bringing home the program’s first individual title in tennis … With Harris, finished the 2017 season at No. 1 in the ITA doubles release … 2017 ITA All-American … 2017 ITA Collegiate All-Star … 2017 ITA Central Region Player to Watch …  By virtue of his NCAA Championship, received a doubles wildcard into the 2017 US Open …  A member of the 2015 ITA National Indoor Championship team … Member of the 2015 Big 12 Championship squad … Three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection (2016, 2017 and 2019).

Redshirt Senior (2018-19)
Completed his final year at 8-8 …  (Spring) Went 8-8 at the top spot in singles and tallied five wins over ranked opponents … Notched two wins over top-25 foes in No. 17 Alex Lededev of Notre Dame 6-3, 6-4 and No. 19 Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 … Selected as the Big 12 Player of the Week Jan. 29 and April 2 … Ranked as high as No. 31 in the ITA release … Earned second team All-Big 12 honors in singles … Tabbed to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for his work in the classroom … Selected as the ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year.

Senior (2017-18)
(Spring) Did not compete during the spring due to injury … (Fall) Finished the fall at 1-2 in singles.

Junior (2016-17)
(Spring) Compiled a 10-12 record in singles and a 13-10 finish in doubles during spring dual play … Went 9-4 in doubles with partner Andrew Harris en route to the 2017 NCAA Doubles Champion, OU’s first-ever individual tennis championship ... as the No. 15 seed in the tournament, Papa and Harris took down the No. 23, No. 6, No. 3, No. 4 teams before defeating No. 1 and host team Georgia,6-4, 6-2, 1-0(6), for the title … Jumped from the No. 15 doubles team to No. 1 nationally in the final ITA release … 2017 ITA All-American in doubles … With Harris, became the first Sooners to be named to the 2017 ITA Collegiate All-Star team … Received a wildcard berth into the 2017 US Open doubles draw by virtue of winning the NCAA title … (Fall) In fall tournament play, finished runner-up in singles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championship … Recorded a second-place finish in doubles at the 2016 ITA Regional Championships with partner Alex Ghilea … With Ghilea, ended fall play tabbed No. 22 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Sophomore (2015-16) 
(Spring) Finished the season 11-12 in singles dual play with a combined 14-14 singles record … Also went 15-9 in doubles dual play … Earned Second Team All-Academic Big 12 honors … Earned Player of the Week honors (April 6) thanks to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dominic Cotrone in the Sooners’ victory over USF and a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of No. 60 Marco Nunez in the Sooners win against 22nd-ranked Florida State … Helped take down Ohio State’s No. 13 doubles pairing of Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach, 6-4 … Helped the Sooners defeat No. 4 Virginia with his 7-6, 6-2 singles win over 47th-ranked Collin Altamirano … Was crucial in the Sooners’ win over No. 14 Cal in the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 7-6 singles win over 37th-ranked Billy Griffith … Beat Texas’ No. 86 doubles-pairing of George Goldhoff and Julian Zlobinsky 6-4 in Oklahoma’s victory … topped No. 58 Gage Brymer of UCLA 6-3, 7-5 in the Sooners’ NCAA Championships quarterfinal victory …  Beat the 16th-ranked doubles team of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger of Virginia, 7-5, in the NCAA Championship match.

Freshman (2014-15)
(Spring) Finished the year 14-11 in singles with a 9-5 record at No. 5 singles during dual play … Finished with a combined mark of 14-15 in doubles play including a 10-9 mark at No. 2 doubles with partners Andrew Harris and Dane Webb … Picked up his first collegiate victory with a 6-4, 7-5 match-clinching win over Oliver Pramming of South Florida … Racked up three wins during the ITA National Indoor Championships, giving Oklahoma points in all of its first three matches of the tournament … Topped Will Stein of TCU in straight sets during the Sooners’ 4-1 regular season win over TCU … Picked up two more straight-sets wins during the Sooners’ following two matches with Texas and Tulsa … Went 4-1 in singles during the NCAA Championships … Tallied the Sooners’ only point in the NCAA final against Virginia with a quick 6-3, 6-2 win over Alexander Ritschard.

Other Competition
Played in the doubles main draw at the 2017 US Open by virtue of winning the 2017 NCAA doubles national championship.

Personal
Son of Todd and Stephanie Papa ... Mother, Stephanie, attended OU ... Has one brother, Colton ... Born in Newport Beach, Calif., but grew up in Edmond, Okla. ... Also lived in Boca Raton, Fla. ... Majoring in Administrative Leadership ... Has a dog, Skye ... Enjoys haning out with friends, going to car shows and visting the beach in his free time. 

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