Feb. 7, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Five straight sets singles wins led the 73rd-ranked Tulane men's team to a 6-1 victory over visiting Nicholls State on Friday afternoon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (4-1) remained perfect at home during the young dual match season with the win. Tulane also earned the fourth doubles point of the spring campaign as well with wins on courts one and three over Nicholls State (1-3).
After gaining the momentum in doubles, Tulane came out in singles and took care of the Colonels by winning on five courts in straight sets. Sophomore Dominik Koepfer secured the team victory by earning the fourth point of the match with a 6-2, 6-5, win over Partha Adavelly on court one. Koepfer remained perfect this spring with the win, while twins Ian and Alex Van Cott also improved their perfect singles marks with victories on courts five and six, respectively.
Ian defeated Bernard Wezeman, 6-1, 6-4, while Alex got past Evan Karatzas, 6-4, 6-4. Tulane also received points from freshmen Sebastian Rey and Jao Chi-Shan. Rey collected a 6-3, 6-2, win over Nico Mertens on court two, while Chi-Shan recorded a 6-3, 6-4, victory over Sam Meessen on court four.
"Nicholls State has one of the best teams they've had since I've been here and they came out of the gates fast on us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I like how we kept our heads, even being down in the doubles point to come back and win it. It was a great job up and down the lineup to get a good team win today."
The doubles point was won with the duos of Koepfer and Chi-Shan and Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi coming away with wins. Koepfer and Chi-Shan won, 6-2, on court one, while Ian Van Cott and Ohashi battled to a 6-5 victory on court three.
The Tulane athletics department is offering tailgating for all weekend tennis matches at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center beginning 30 minutes before each match. The tailgating will feature free hotdogs and refreshments.