Cotet and Nichols named MWC POW

Cosmin Cotet is 16-5 this season at the top singles position

Cosmin Cotet is 16-5 this season at the top singles position

April 5, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU senior Cosmin Cotet was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while fellow senior Kewa Nichols earned MWC Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Cotet posted an overall record of 6-0 last weekend as the 31st-ranked Horned Frogs won their first three Mountain West Conference contests of the season.

Cotet, ranked No. 29 nationally, cruised past his opponents at the top singles position in the first two matches in Las Vegas, Nev., defeating Brett Rodgers of Air Force by a score of 6-1, 6-2 and Jonathan Sanchez of BYU by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Against UNLV, Cotet downed No. 69 Elliot Wronski in straight sets, marking the sixth ranked opponent Cotet has defeated this season.

In doubles play, the 45th-ranked duo of Cotet and Kriegler Brink posted three dominating victories. Brink and Cotet recorded wins of 8-2 and 8-1 in their first two matches, and ended the weekend with an 8-0 shutout of UNLV's Wronski and Campbell.

The weekly conference award is the third for Cotet this season and the fourth in his career at TCU. The Horned Frogs have totaled five awards overall this year.

Senior Kewa Nichols went a combined 6-0 last week to help lead the 22nd-ranked Horned Frogs to a 13-4 overall record and a 3-0 start in Mountain West Conference action. Opponents didn't win more than two games against Nichols in both singles and doubles play over the weekend.

Nichols began the weekend with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Anette Pohjalainen to put TCU up 3-0 in its match against Colorado State. The following afternoon, Nichols cruised past Samantha Sarkis by a score of 6-1, 6-0, and wrapped up the weekend with a 6-0, 6-2 rout of Michelle Brown of Wyoming.

The Austin, Texas, native posted victories of 8-2, 8-2 and 8-0 playing at the No. 2 doubles position against the three MWC opponents.

The award is the second for Nichols in her career at TCU and the fifth accolade in the past six weeks for the women's tennis team.



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