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2008-2009 Men's Tennis Roster


Richard Cowden

Class: r-SO-1L
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180 pounds
Previous School: Westville Boys HS
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

2008-09 (Sophomore) Fall: Ended the fall season with a 5-4 singles record ... Appeared in the singles finals of the Southern Intercollegiate Championship at the University of Georgia... Posted a 4-1 record at the Southern Intercollegiate with wins over Alex Hill (Georgia), Freddy Prandecki (N.C. State) and John Wolff (Wake Forest) ... Defeated Trey Walston of Alabama at the ITA Southeast Regionals ... Teamed with John Peers for a doubles record of 4-2 ... Duo defeated Nate Schnugg and Christian Vitulli (Georgia) at the Southern Intercollegiate ... Also posted a win over Christian Hansen and Jeremy Tweedt of Tennessee at the ITA Southeast Regionals.
Spring: Posted 2-1 record in dual matches before season ending injury ... Began play by going 6-0 all in straight sets ... Ended year 11-5 overall and 9-4 in tournament action ... Defeated Wake Forest's John Wolff in a three-set battle, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) ... In doubles action posted a 6-3 record ... Went 6-3 when teaming with John Peers ... Defeated Tennessee's Christian Hansen and Jeremy Tweedt 8-4 with teammate John Peers.

2007-08 (Freshman)
Fall:
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).

2006-07
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.