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Trinity Tennis Team Reaches NCAA Finals

Men's doubles team advances deep into competition for the first time since 2001

By James Hill 76

Trinity doubles team Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal

June 2010 –Two Trinity University juniors became the first Tiger team in nine years to reach the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship match.

Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal advanced to the doubles final May 30 at Oberlin, Ohio. The Tiger tandem became the first Trinity duo to play for the championship since 2001, when Sloan Rush and Ed Rahn accomplished that feat.

Cocanougher, from Southlake, Texas (Carroll); and Kowal, from Austin, Texas (Anderson); lost 6-3, 6-4 to No. 2 seeds Brian Pybas and Marc Vartabedian of California-Santa Cruz. Earlier in the day, the unseeded Trinity All-Americans outfought top seeds Andrew Lee and Andrew Thomson of Middlebury 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the semifinals at Oberlin College. It marked the Tiger team’s second straight trip to the national doubles semifinals.

Trinity (18-10 in dual team matches), won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the NCAA West Regional, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps eliminated the Tigers 5-2 in the team tournament. The Tigers are led by head coach Russell McMindes, finishing his first year at the Trinity helm.


 


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