Feb. 2, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite getting off on the right foot by claiming the doubles point, the Tulane men's tennis team fell to No. 42 Middle Tennessee State, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Nashboro Village.
The Green Wave (2-1) took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The duo of Joe Young and Ian Van Cott got things started on court three with an 8-2 win over MTSU's Ben Davis and David Fox.
"We had a great start in doubles today against a tough doubles squad," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I liked the energy our guys played with and how we stuck to our game plans to earn the doubles point."
MTSU (4-2) took care of business in singles, taking five points. Tulane's Koepfer earned a victory on court five, 6-4, 6-7, 10-5, for the Green Wave's other point.
"Singles started well too and we had four very tight first sets, unfortunately three went the other way," Booras added. "I was pleased with how Rodrigo and Alex (Van Cott) fought back at 3 and 4 to even it up, and if a couple more points in Joe's (Young) second set would have fallen our way it would have sent him into a third set as well.
"MTSU is one of the many NCAA tournament, top 40 type squads we will get to compete against this year. So even though we lost it was a good eye opener for our guys on what to expect the rest of the year. I know our guys are looking forward to the challenge."
Tulane will return to action on Sunday when they face No. 44 Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. CT.
"Vanderbilt is another great team that we will need to have all of our pistons firing tomorrow," Booras said. "Their top two players are as strong as any in the country and they have good depth to follow."