Men's tennis boasts three All-MWC honorees

Rafael Abreu

Rafael Abreu

April 26, 2006

SAN DIEGOO - After going 5-1 in Mountain West Conference action and finishing in second place in the regular-season standings, the 33rd-ranked TCU men's tennis team added more accomplishments to its 2006 season with three players named to All-MWC honors.

"I am definitely proud of our guys and a congratulations goes to them," stated TCU head coach Joey Rivé. "I am looking forward to getting started this weekend, I think that our guys are really ready to play. It is a nice facility. The courts are real nice and I am just excited to get started."

Senior Rafael Abreu headlines the Horned Frogs' trio as he grabbed singles honors after posting a 3-3 conference record at No. 1. A product of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Abreu is ranked 93rd in singles action. He was also tabbed to the MWC doubles squad while paired with senior Jordan Freitas.

Andrei Mlendea, ranked 32nd, finished his conference schedule with a 5-1 mark playing at the No. 2 position. The sophomore had a strong non-conference campaign, posting wins over sixth-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor and 12th-ranked Jerry Makowski of Texas A&M.

TCU opens the 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament with an 11 a.m. (CST) showdown with Air Force on Thursday. In the first matchup of the season, the Frogs downed the Falcons 6-1 on April 9.

All of the action from the 2006 tournament can be followed via live scoring at

*Shannon Buck, Sr., Air Force
Dominik Kaufhold, Jr., BYU
*James Ludlow, Jr., BYU
*Max Jones So., New Mexico
Johnny Parkes, Fr., New Mexico
*Markus Dickhardt, Jr., San Diego State
Christian Groh, Jr., San Diego State
Rafael Abreu, Sr., TCU
Andrei Mlendea, So., TCU
*Joel Kielbowicz, Sr., UNLV
Zach Ganger, So., Utah
*Benedikt Stronk, Sr., San Diego State

Shannon Buck/Trevor Johnson, Air Force
Dominik Kaufhold/James Ludlow, BYU
Kamil Pajkowski/Max Jones, New Mexico
Markus Dickhardt/Benedikt Stronk, San Diego State
Rafael Abreu/Jordan Freitas, TCU
Joel Kielbowicz/David Campbell, UNLV
Zach Ganger/Nick Coutts, Utah

Player of the Year: Shannon Buck, Air Force

Freshman of the Year: Johnny Parkes, New Mexico

Coach of the Year: Gene Carwsell, San Diego State

* Denotes repeat selection



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