Frogs break winning streak

The men’s tennis team is no longer unbeaten after falling to No. 15 Oklahoma State on Sunday.

The men lost a tiebreaker in the doubles match and the Horned Frogs were able to win three out of six singles matches. However, they lost the overall match, 4-3, to put their record at 9-1 on the season. Senior Cosmin Coset, freshman Zach Nichols and junior Kreigler Brink were all able to win their matches, but the loss in the doubles match proved costly. The Horned Frogs had won their first nine matches this season with their latest victory coming against the University of Minnesota on Saturday.

Head coach Dave Borelli said he was proud of the way the team played and acknowledged the skill of Oklahoma State’s squad.

“You have to be a good team to beat us,” Borelli said. “And a good team beat us today.”

Nichols and freshman doubles partner Jack Seider played well in their double set, winning 8-1. Nichols would go on to win his individual match, outlasting Oleksandr Nedovyesov.

Nichols said the loss didn’t come without positives.

“This match showed that we can hang with a top team,” Nichols said. “We were one point away from winning the match and that only helps our confidence.”

Cotet and Kriegler Brink were beaten in their doubles match, but Cotet came back to beat 10th ranked Olesandr Nedovy in the battle of No. 1 seeded players. The match also went to a tiebreaker, but Cotet came up with huge volleys to outlast Nedovy. Cotet said beating a top player such as Nedovy was huge because he played him last year, losing in straight sets.

“I think I made a big improvement,” Cotet said. “I just fought and I won.”

Cotet said coach Borelli told the team to not worry about the doubles match and to focus on the singles matchups.

Even with the loss, Borelli said, his team refused to give up and praised the effort of Cotet. He said the team should win its share of matches with the way it played.

“I think it’s going to take a little pressure off Cosmin because he has always wanting to prove that he can beat these guys,” Borelli said. “But I told the team we’ll get it down the stretch. We’ll win a few of these matches.”

The team has its next match scheduled for 6 p.m. March 5.