Feb. 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - After falling behind early to Florida A&M, the Tulane men's tennis team rallied to defeat the Rattlers, 4-3, in a dual match on Friday afternoon at the Goldring Tennis Center.
"I am really pleased with the guys," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We were really presented with a huge challenge today. Florida A&M has got depth in the line-up from one to six and they really pushed us today. The thing that I am most proud of today is the way our guys responded. We got off to a tough start in doubles and they came out with a lot of energy and they jumped on us and we lost the doubles point but then our guys responded very well."
Tulane (2-1) lost the doubles point to open the match, but won the first three singles matches and Adam Bernstein's victory on court 3 broke the 3-3 tie to secure the victory over Florida A&M (1-3).
"Hats off to Adam for being up and then getting down," Booras added. " Then getting back up again and being able to clinch it for us."
Bernstein took FAMU's Michael Moore to three sets, but won the point, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Rodrigo Rappaccioli earned the Green Wave's first point by breezing past Marc Atkinson, 6-0, 6-1, on court 4, while Joe Young remained perfect in singles play this spring season with a straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, win on court 2.
Tulane then took a 3-1 lead on the scoreboard after Trevor Getz defeated Temuera Asafu-Adjaye, 6-0, 6-3, on court 3.
Florida A&M rallied to tie the score with victories by Maurice Wamukowa on court 5 and David Jackson on court 1. Wamukowa got past Cody Kramer-Golinkoff, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, on court 5, while Jackson battled to a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), victory over Shaye Wali on court 1.
Tulane's pair of Bernstein and Rappaccioli defeated Forest Jenkins and Wamukowa, 8-4.
Tulane will now travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face No. 19 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. CST.