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2007-2008 Men's Tennis Roster

Richard Cowden

Class: FR-RS
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180 pounds
Previous School: Westville Boys HS
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

2007-08 (Freshman)
Posted a 5-3 singles record and 5-4 doubles mark ... Started with two straight singles wins before falling in finals of MT Fall Invitational ... Lost in first round of Southern Intercollegiate Championships before winning two straight in backdraw ... Defeated Louisville's Robert Rotaru at Georgia Tech Fall Invitational and Georgia State's Augusto Alvarado at ITA Southeast Indoor Championships ... Teamed with Joao Paoliello in doubles, defeating Memphis (Narasimhan-Khougassian) and Mississippi State (Farlow-Genuini) at MT Fall Invite before falling to another MSU pair in finals (Frayssinoux-Necajevs) ... Duo won twice at Indoor Championships, including victory over 53rd-ranked Alabama (Mertz-Bes) before falling to Florida (Briceno-Lacroix) in Round of 16.
Spring: Posted 8-11 dual match singles record and 10-10 doubles mark ... Played No. 4 in singles in 12 of the 19 singles outings and No. 2 in doubles in 11 of 20 matches ... Won six of first seven singles matches, including a three-set triumph over Virginia Tech's Brandon Corace (7-6 in the third) and straight-set victories against Minnesota's Chi-Lang Pham and New Mexico's Kamil Pajkowski ... Lost next five outings, including three-set decisions to East Tennessee's Lisandro Picardo and Vanderbilt's Bryant Salcedo ... Defeated Texas Tech's Ilya Babinciuc in three sets ... Lost five of final six decisions, including three-setters in the Sun Belt Shootout to South Alabama's R.J. Nagel and UALR's Edson Abrao ... Won five of first six doubles matches, teaming with three different partners along the way, before hitting a skid of five losses in six outings ... Teamed with John Peers the final nine matches, posting a 5-4 mark, including victories over Texas Tech (Breler-Markovic), Western Michigan (Hayward-Cullen), Rice (Scheil-Wang) and South Alabama (Hodel-Sramek).

Enrolled in January ... Suffered a season-ending injury in first tournament and underwent surgery.

High School: Letterwinner through Sarnia Primary School and Westville Boys HS ... Also played cricket, soccer and ran track ... First Team selection in tennis for five straight years and served as team captain the final three seasons ... Named Kwa-Zulu Sportsman of the Year in 2001 and participated in Kaw-Zulu Junior Tennis 2002-06 ... Ranked No. 6 nationally in singles in U18 and No. 1 in doubles in U18 ... Also ranked No. 2 in South Africa in singles in U23 and No. 6 in doubles in U23.

Personal: Richard Gregory Cowden ... Son of Gregory and Leigh-Anne Cowden ... Born June 28, 1988.