Sophomore Alex Van Cott
Jan. 25, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 70th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team completed the season-opening home stand with a perfect record after getting past visiting Troy, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at Noon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (3-0) got things started by earning the doubles point for the third straight match after the duos of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan and Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi won on courts two and three, respectively. Koepfer and Chi-Shan defeated Tadju Davies and Tommy Cundy, 6-2, while Ian Van Cott and Ohashi got past Gabriel Dias and Daniel Bustamante, 6-1.
Troy (0-5) challenged Tulane in singles by taking three matches to three sets. The Green Wave were able to claim two of those, including Koepfer's 5-6, 6-4, 10-2, win over Sami Ghorbel on court one. Ian Van Cott also won his match in three, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6, over Davies.
"As expected Troy came out here and pushed us throughout the lineup from the beginning to the end," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I like how our guys kept things together mentally, regardless of the score, and physically were able to raise their levels at key times to come out with a bunch of wins."
Alex Van Cott's 6-2, 6-5, victory over Cundy on court five proved to be the clinching point for the Green Wave. Sebastian Rey and Chi-Shin also won their singles matches in straight sets. Rey defeated Dias, 6-3, 6-3, on court two, while Chi-Shin defeated Mansingh Athare, 6-0, 6-0, on court four.
The Green Wave will take its perfect record on the road next weekend when they visit No. 66 Wisconsin next Sunday at Noon CT.