NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team added yet another accolade on Wednesday, as 2017 NCAA doubles champions Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa were named to the 2017 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team.
"This is a very prestigious award given by the ITA each year," Oklahoma head coach Nick Crowell said. "They have both worked so hard this year and I'm so proud to see them honored this way. It will be exciting for them to go to New York in the fall for the U.S. Open and it'll be great to see them honored among the nation's best."
The ITA Collegiate All-Star Team features the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, in addition to winners of the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2017 NCAA Division I and III Championships.
Just three doubles pairs from Division I made the All-Star team. Joining Harris and Papa is the tandem of Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski of Georgia as well as Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim of Wake Forest. A testament to the strength of their championship run, Harris and Papa took down the Georgia duo in the NCAA final and also topped Mansouri and Seraphim in the NCAA semifinal.
Harris and Papa are the first Sooners ever to be named to the All-Star team. The history-making duo will be honored at the 2017 U.S. Open at the USAT Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. OU's championship duo follows in the footsteps of its head coach, Nick Crowell, who was named a doubles all-star while at the University of Texas in 2000.
Joining Harris and Papa on the all-star team is 2017 Sooner signee Ferran Calvo of Tyler Junior College. Calvo, who will join the team this summer, made the all-star team twice, earning his place by winning the 2017 NJCAA national title in singles and pairing with teammate Enrique Pardo to win the 2017 NJCAA doubles title as well.
Calvo was the only selection at the junior college level in singles and, along with Pardo, was the only junior college selection in doubles as well. Calvo is now a three-time NJCAA national champion, having also won the fall singles title in 2015.