Men's Tennis Falls to FAMU, 5-2



Feb. 3, 2012


NEW ORLEANS - Takuma Ohashi earned a victory in singles for the Tulane men's tennis team, but the Green Wave fell to visiting Florida A&M, 5-2, in a dual match on Friday morning at the Goldring Tennis Center.

Ohashi defeated Temuera Asafu-Adjaye, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, on court six for the only victory for the Green Wave (2-3). Adam Bernstein earned a point for Tulane on court four after forcing his opponent, Fabrice Myrtil, to retire trailing 4-0 in the opening set.

"Was had a couple guys do some good things today, but overall I was really disappointed in the way we didn't rise to the occasion," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Florida A&M played with a lot of heart and came out hungry and we didn't until halfway through the match. Caulk it up as a learning experience and we will do a little gut check and see if we can bounce back Sunday."

FAMU (3-3) earned the doubles point with wins on courts one and three, but didn't get the sweep thanks to Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Shaye Wali. The Tulane pair defeated Chidi Gabriel and Myrtil on court two, 8-2.

The Green Wave duo of Idan Mark and Joe Young trailed 7-2 on court one to Levan Clark and C. Salif Kante, before mounting a comeback that fell just short, losing 8-5, in the deciding doubles match.

The Rattlers took the momentum of doubles into singles and collected straight sets wins on courts 1, 2, 3 and five to secure the victory.

Tulane will host Texas-San Antonio at the Goldring Tennis Center on Sunday at Noon in the final match of the four-match homestand.