Men’s tennis awaits Falcons in Mountain West tourney

As reigning conference champions, the men’s tennis team will be in position to defend its crown this week out in the Rocky Mountains.The No. 68 Horned Frogs will begin match-play in the 2007 Mountain West Conference Championship this afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The team went 5-1 in conference play during the season, including a regular season finale sweep of the Air Force Falcons, University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels and the New Mexico Lobos.

The Horned Frogs enter the championship as the No. 2 seed behind the Brigham Young University Cougars and will face the No. 7 seed Falcons in the opening round. The two teams previously met April 13 when TCU shut out Air Force, 7-0.

Junior Cosmin Cotet, who is ranked No. 103 nationally in the latest Fila/ITA poll, will lead the Frogs in singles play.

Seniors Radu Barbu and Chris Biro have also added to the Frogs’ success in recent weeks. Barbu, a recipient MWC Tennis Player of the Week, is currently riding a seven match winning streak including a comeback win in his last match against the Lobos’ Graeme Kassautzki. Biro, a graduate student, has won 10 of his last 11 matches and is 5-1 in conference play as he finishes out his final year of NCAA eligibility.

Sophomore Kriegler Brink has won four of his last six matches and was 4-2 in conference play.

The No. 43 tandem of Cotet and Brink lead the Frogs in doubles play. The pair posted a doubles record of 4-1 in conference play and 14-4 throughout the season.

The Falcons have been shut out in MWC play and are on an eight match losing streak. The tournament bracketing will have the winner of the TCU-Air Force match face the victor in the UNLV-Utah meeting.

UNLV is the No. 3 seed in the tournament and Utah is the No. 6 seed. The Frogs defeated both of these teams in regular season matches.

The TCU-Air Force match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., CDT.