CORPUS CHRISTI – Jake Kocher and Guillaume Rauseo have been named the GoIslanders.com Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by Pepsi.
Kocher was the heart and soul of the men's basketball team in a pair of wins last week. The Austin native grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go along with seven points in a victory over McNeese State.
Then at Nicholls, he scored 13 points, and his three steals all led to crucial points in the Islanders' 70-67 win over the Colonels. Kocher is averaging 8.7 points in conference play.
Rauseo had an impressive opening weekend for the Islanders men's tennis team at the Lobo Winter Kickoff in New Mexico. The sophomore recorded a 4-2 singles record, including a 4-1 mark in the No. 3 spot.
Rauseo helped the Islanders to their first victory of the season over Arizona with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory on Friday.
The France native picked up a singles win against UC Irvine on Saturday before finishing the weekend with some remarkable tennis. Rauseo showed courage and resilience in leading the Islanders to back-to-back clinching victories over UC Irvine and Arizona on Sunday.
In the first match against UC Irvine, Rauseo carried his team into the doubles tiebreaker with a three-set win in the No. 3 slot. In the first set, Rauseo grabbed the tiebreaker 7-6 (2) before falling 6-7 (7) in the second set. In the third, it was all Rauseo with the 6-1 victory. The Islanders went on to win the doubles point to clinch the match.
In the final match of the weekend against Arizona, he garnered a 7-6 (5) first set win before losing an unbelievable 19-17 tiebreaker. In the third, Rauseo came back to win 6-4 and clinch the match for the Islanders with the whole match riding on him.
The men's basketball team will be back in action Thursday, as it hosts Southeastern Louisiana in the Dugan Wellness Center with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The men's tennis team will also return to the court Thursday, as it faces New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M., starting at 2 p.m. CST.
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2013-14 GoIslanders.com Student-Athlete of the week, presented by Pepsi Weekly Winners:
1-22-14: Jake Kocher, Men's Basketball and Guillaume Rauseo, Men's Tennis
1-14-14: John Jordan, Men's Basketball
1-7-14: Rashawn Thomas, Men's Basketball
12-10-13: Brandi Huff, Women's Basketball
12-3-13: Brittany Mbamalu, Women's Basketball
11-26-13: Logen Bourque, Volleyball
11-19-13: John Jordan, Men's Basketball
11-12-13: Jasmine Shaw, Women's Basketball
11-5-13: Philipp Baar, Men's Cross Country and Ashley Phelps, Volleyball
10-29-13: Vanessa Johnson, Women's Golf
10-22-13: Logen Bourque, Volleyball
10-15-13: Shayla Maldonado, Volleyball
10-8-13: Alyssa Miller, Women's Soccer
10-1-13: Cecilia Jones, Women's Cross Country
9-23-13: Kevin Bettendroffer and Stefania Nicolae, Men's and Women's Tennis
9-16-13: Logen Bourque, Volleyball
9-9-13: Ivy Baresh, Volleyball
9-2-13: Yvette Franco, Women's Soccer