San Antonio -
The Trinity University
sophomore doubles team of Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal made a
great run for the title at the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis
Championships, but fell short in the semifinals on Sunday.
from Southlake, Texas (Southlake); and Kowal, from Austin, Texas
(Anderson); lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) in the semis to Jamie Neely and
Oscar Pena of Bowdoin College at Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
players were down a set and 1-4, when they battled back to bring the
second set to a tiebreak.
and Kowal were the first Trinity team to reach the NCAA semifinals
since 2001, when Sloan Rush and Ed Rahn advanced to the championship
quarterfinals, the Tigers took out top seeds Mike Burdakin and John
Kauss of Gustavus Adolphus College 6-3, 6-2. Cocanougher and Kowal
came from behind to defeat Andrew Thompson and David Farah of
Middlebury College 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in Friday’s round of 16, the
first match of doubles. The Trinity tandem was facing a loss as the
Middlebury team was serving for the match in the second set.
and Kowal earned All-America honors last fall by winning the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional doubles crown. The two
Tigers completed the season with an overall record of 24-10 (9-3 in
the fall, 13-6 in spring dual matches, 2-1 at the NCAAs).
tennis is led by head coach Butch Newman, in his 23rd year at the