Jan. 26, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Despite almost postponing Saturday's season-opening dual tennis match, the Tulane men's tennis team took to the courts and defeated cross-town foe Xavier, 6-1, at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (1-0) had gotten word on Friday night that Xavier might have to postpone the match, but the match was able to be played as scheduled.
Tulane took care of the doubles point easily, winning on courts one and two. The duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer defeated Loic Didavi and Nikita Soifer, 8-2, on court one, while Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott upended Viktor Svoboda and Benjamin Brading, 8-2, on court two.
"The guys came out today with great energy in singles and doubles and it helped us get a good jump on them. I like how they took care of business today against a very solid opponent," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said.
Tulane won on courts one, three and four in singles. Mark posted a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Didavi on court one. Rappaccioli earned a 6-0, 6-1, win over Svoboda and court three and Koepfer got past Brading, 6-0, 6-1, on count four.
Alex and Ian Van Cott won via walk overs on court five and six.
The Green Wave will host New Orleans at 1 p.m. CT at City Park.
"Tomorrow will be a very tough test for us," Booras added. "UNO's program has developed into a nationally ranked caliber type of program since we played them three years ago and I'm expecting a very tough battle. I am glad we are able to have such a high level of competition in two solid teams this weekend right in our backyard."