May 22, 2009

Cocanougher and Kowal Advance to NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals


San Antonio - The Trinity University Tigers sophomore doubles team of Bobby Cocanougher of Southlake, Texas; and Cory Kowal of Austin, Texas (Anderson); advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships doubles quarterfinals Friday.

The Tiger duo came from behind to defeat Andrew Thompson and David Farah of Middlebury College 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Cocanougher and Kowal, who became All-Americans last fall by winning the ITA regional doubles crown, were on the ropes in the second set as the Middlebury team was serving for the match.

Cocanougher and Kowal will take on top seeds Mike Burdakin and John Kauss of Gustavus Adolphus College Saturday in the quarters.

Earlier, Kauss, the No. 1 seed in singles, beat Trinity first-year player Max Frey of Broken Arrow, Okla. (Tulsa Holland Hall), 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round.

Frey captured 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 was also elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Player of the Year.

Trinity is led by Butch Newman, in his 23rd year at the Tigers helm.


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