Sophomore Ian Van Cott
Feb. 2, 2014
MADISON, Wisc. - The 70th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team fell just short on Sunday afternoon in the first road match of the spring season, as the Green Wave lost, 4-3, to No. 67 Wisconsin at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
"This was a tough loss for us because we knew we matched up well with them," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Coming in we knew we could play with them in doubles and in several spots in singles even though we were on the road and indoors."
The Green Wave (3-1) could not control the doubles point for the first time this season. Wisconsin (3-2) earned wins on courts one and two to take the point.
Tulane's 37th-ranked dual of Sebastian Rey and Alex Van Cott fell to Petr Satral and Jakhongir Jalalov, 6-1, on court two, while Jao Chi-Shan and Dominik Koepfer were edged by Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg, 6-5.
The pair of Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi did not finish on court three, but were tied with Michael Sinha and John Zordani, 5-5. Both Tulane duos on courts one and three served with 5-4 leads, but neither was able to secure the win.
"After losing the doubles point we lost some momentum in singles and had a bad start," Booras said. "We were down a break on all six courts, but I was impressed with how we fought back everywhere to stay in the match."
Wisconsin opened singles with three victories on courts four, one and three in that order to secure the match and get their third straight dual match win.
Tulane's Koepfer, Ian Van Cott and Alex Van Cott each earned singles victories. Koepfer defeated Kokorev, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, on court two, while Ian Van Cott got past Sinha, 4-6, 6-4, 10-3, on court five and twin brother Alex earned a straight sets win over Zordani, 6-5 (7-5), 6-4, on court six.
"A loss is never good," Booras added. "But, a tight road loss against a ranked team at the beginning of our season definitely helps our experience level and will serve us well for the tough slate of matches we have in front of us."
Tulane will return home to host a pair of dual matches this weekend when Nicholls State visits the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and North Florida comes to town for a 1 p.m. CT start on Sunday.