Men’s tennis shuts out midweek opponents

The tennis team continued an undefeated season, knocking off the University of Texas at Arlington 7-0 and Abilene Christian University 6-0.

“I think we played well today,” head coach Dave Borelli said. “This is the way we should be playing.”

The pairs of senior Cosmin Cotet and junior Kriegler Brink and freshmen Zach Nichols and Jack Seider kept their undefeated streaks alive in doubles play.

Cotet and Brink rank No. 44 in doubles. The duo played together last year and lost only four matches, Cotet said.

“We understand each other on the court very well,” Cotet said. “Every time we get on the court we know we’re going to win.”

The two played together in the first meet against UTA, but had new partners when they faced Abilene.

Cotet paired with freshman Adrian Simon and Brink paired with freshman Casey Powers. Both doubles teams won against Abilene as well.

“I think the energy was good at all three doubles,” sophomore Caleb Bulls said about the UTA match. “It definitely helps when all the courts get rolling at the same time.

Borelli called Bulls the emotional anchor of the enthusiastic team.

“I’m just one of the more vocal guys on the team so I guess it comes naturally to me,” Bulls said. “It’s just part of who I am.”

The team followed Bulls’ lead by verbally supporting each other throughout the matches, which is something Borelli has emphasized this season, Cotet said. Borelli said the strength of the team is its chemistry.

“They’re all kind of best friends and they get along great,” Borelli said. “They have fun.”

In singles against UTA, freshman Adi Simon fell behind early and went to a tie-break after the overall match had already been decided. The other five matches were won on straight sets.

“He has the ability to really play better under pressure,” Borelli said. “It’s nice not to have him be in that position all the time, to make him perform that way. I’d like him to win easy matches.”