Feb. 5, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - In a match that last just over four hours, the Tulane men's tennis team outdueled Texas- San Antonio to claim a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon and the Goldring Tennis Center.
An epic battle on court five between Tulane's (3-3) Rodrigo Rappaccioli and UTSA's (0-4) Daniel Moser was the deciding point. Rappaccioli won the first set, 6-1, before Moser earned a second set victory, 7-6, winning the tiebreaker, 7-5. Moser then tallied a 5-2 lead in the third set before Rappaccioli battled back to force a tiebreaker, one he won 7-2 to take the set, 7-6.
"Hats off to all the guys, even the guys that lost," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "They fought really hard and we had guys in every match today. We came back from behind in doubles and in singles we were down 5-2 with three match points on court five. Hats off also to Rodrigo for continuing to believe and getting it done on the court."
The Green Wave secured the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The pair of Adam Bernstein and Takuma Ohashi defeated UTSA's Daniel Moser and Joel Rubio, 8-6, on court three, while Idan Mark and Joe Young outlasted Yannick Junger and Pedro Zanotelli, 9-7, on court one to earn the point.
Tulane earned the other two points from singles victories by Mark on court two and Bernstein on court four. Mark defeated Martin Ayala, 6-2, 6-3, while Bernstein got past Rubio, 6-3, 6-4.
"We had a good two days of eye opening discussions and a change of heart by the guys and the coaching staff about where we want to go from here," Booras added. "They committed to something new and we were really able to pull together as a team and come out with a win."