May 07, 2009

Four Tiger Tennis Players to Compete at NCAA Championships


San Antonio - Four members of the Trinity University Tigers men’s and women’s tennis teams have received bids to the NCAA Division III Championships May 22-24.

First-year player Max Frey of Broken Arrow, Okla. (Tulsa Holland Hall), will compete in the 32-draw men’s singles tournament at Claremont, Calif. Sophomores Bobby Cocanougher of Southlake, Texas (Carroll), and Cory Kowal of Austin (Anderson) will play in the 16-team doubles event.

Sophomore Katy Poettcker of Colleyville, Texas (Heritage), has been selected to participate in the 32-player women’s singles championship at Lawrenceville, Ga. Poettcker and sophomore Erin Jamison of St. Louis (St. Joseph’s Academy) are listed as third alternates in the 16-draw doubles championship.

Frey captured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southwest Region singles title last fall in San Antonio, and earned All-America honors. He went on to the National Small College Championships at Mobile, Ala. Frey is sporting a 21-10 singles record (9-3 in the fall, 12-7 in spring dual matches). He is currently ranked No. 5 in the ITA West Region.

Cocanougher and Kowal won the ITA regional doubles crown and received All-America recognition. The duo took seventh place at the National Small College Championships. Cocanougher and Kowal have a 22-9 overall record (9-3 in the fall, 13-6 in spring dual matches). The two Tigers are ranked No. 2 in the West Region.

Poettcker was a singles semifinalist at the ITA regional tournament. She has a 15-8 overall record (5-2 in the fall, 10-6 in spring dual matches). Poettcker is ranked fourth in the West Region.

The Tiger men, led by 23rd-year head coach Butch Newman, completed the season with a 13-8 record. Trinity is ranked No. 15 in the nation by the ITA. The Tiger women, guided by first-year head coach Ryan Takao, went 11-7 in dual matches, and are ranked No. 22 nationally.


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