Bianca Turati practices at the Whitaker tennis facility on May 4, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Bianca Turati named the conference’s best player as the Big 12 also honors two Texas coaches

Posted May 10th, 2018

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When the NCAA tournament begins this weekend, Texas will have the Big 12’s best player on its side.

The Big 12 named Texas sophomore Bianca Turati as its Women’s Tennis Player of the Year on Thursday. Turati is the fifth Longhorn to earn that award.

The crowning of Turati is hardly a surprise. She has topped the Oracle/ITA’s national singles rankings for the past three months. Turati is 28-2 this season, and she was 6-0 in Big 12 matches.

The Texas women won the Big 12’s regular-season and tournament titles this season.

Turati was joined on the Big 12’s honor roll by her twin sister, Anna, who was a first-team honoree. The Turati twins were given a second-team distinction for their doubles play.

Texas coach Howard Joffe was selected as the Big 12’s coach of the year for the women’s tennis season. The doubles tandem of freshman Bojana Markovic and sophomore Petra Granic (first team) was also recognized. Granic was lauded as a singles player with a second-team honor.

Texas tennis player Yuya Ito warms up before a match against UTSA on Jan. 19, 2018. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On the men’s side, Texas sophomores Yuya Ito and Christian Sigsgaard both earned first-team honors. Sigsgaard also received first-team accolades alongside doubles partner Harrison Scott. Michael Center was named the Big 12’s men’s coach of the year. Scott and fellow junior Adrian Ortiz were second-team honorees on the singles sheet.

This weekend, both of Texas’ tennis teams will host the opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament. While the UT men will play Bryant on Friday at the Texas Tennis Center, the women are set to face McNeese State.

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