Men's Tennis Can't Outlast No. 44 Vanderbilt



Feb. 4, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Dominik Koepfer improved his perfect singles record and earned the lone point for the Tulane men's tennis team in a 6-1 loss to No. 44 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.

Koepfer improved to 4-0 on the singles courts this spring with a, 6-3, 6-3, win over Vanderbilt's Rhys Johnson on court three.

"Dominik showed us some great stuff this weekend in singles and doubles," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "His game has developed well this year with room to go to another level. We are very pleased with his performance this weekend."

Tulane dropped to 2-2 overall with the loss, while Vanderbilt improved to 4-2.

The Commodores took the doubles point, but it wasn't easy. The Green Wave duo of Joe Young and Ian Van Cott got things started with an 8-4 win over VU's Jeff Offerdahl and Marc van der Merwe on court three, but Vanderbilt earned 8-6 wins on both courts one and two to secure the point.

"We had another hard fought match today against a very tough opponent," Booras said. "Their No. 1 and No. 2 singles are as good as anybody in the country and they have a lot of depth as well. Our guys fought hard it came up short today."

Vanderbilt earned their five singles wins in straight sets, but Tulane's Young hung with the 20th-ranked Gonzales Austin only to fall, 6-4, 7-5, on court two.

Tulane will take two weeks off before traveling to Southern Miss on Feb. 17 for a Conference USA dual match at 1 p.m. CT.