Jan. 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Being able to open the home portion for the schedule with a victory is nice, but sweeping a double header makes it twice as nice and Saturday the Tulane men's tennis team did just that with a 5-1 victory over Jacksonville State and a 5-0 win over Xavier (NO) at the Goldring Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (2-2) dropped the double point to the Gamecocks (0-1) in the opening match, but rebounded to take the fifth five singles match to secure a victory.
Rodrigo Rappaccioli defeated Felipe Diaz, 7-5, 6-2, on court five for the fourth and decisive win of the match. Idan Mark won, 6-2, 6-2, on court one, Shaye Wali earned a 6-0, 6-2, victory on court three, while Adam Bernstein won, 6-3, 6-3, on court four and Takuma Ohashi won, 6-4, 6-1, on court six.
Joe Young's match on court two was unfinished due to time.
"The guys started off pretty shaky in doubles against Jacksonville State, but bounced back in singles to win five matches really quickly," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I was really proud of the way they bounced back. The second difficult task of the day was to pull it off in a double header. We were able to maintain the intensity and focus against Xavier and got a great start and got the job done. This should go a long way in getting ready for the rest of the season. "
Tulane took the double point against Xavier (0-1) with the pair of Mark and Young winning, 8-6, on court one, and Ohashi and Bernstein won, 8-5, to earn the point.
Wali, Rappaccioli and Ohashi each earned wins straight sets in singles, while Young took three sets to get past Viktor Svoboda, 6-1, 6-7, 10-3.
Tulane continues its home stand with a double header on Friday against Florida A&M and Alcorn State beginning at 10 a.m. at the Goldring Tennis Center.