Freshman Jao Chi-Shan clinched the match for Tulane
Feb. 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 73rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team remained perfect at home this dual match season after Sunday afternoon's, 5-2, victory over visiting North Florida at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (5-1) earned the doubles point for the fifth match of the spring and recorded wins on courts one, four, five and six in singles against North Florida (1-5).
"This was a great win for our program," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "It was a great team effort from beginning to end. North Florida has had tough teams for the past several years and strong showing in their first few matches against top ranked programs, so we knew they had the ability to beat us throughout the lineup."
The doubles point was earned after the duo of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan won, 6-4, over Jack Findel-Hawkins and Norbert Nemcsek on court one and the pair of Sebastian Rey and Alex Van Cott edged Yannick Zuern and Caio Gomes, 6-5, on court two.
"I like how our guys kept their cool throughout a very heated and closely fought doubles point," Booras added. "It allowed them to focus on their game plans and effectively execute it."
Chi-Shan clinched the match for Tulane with his 6-3, 6-4, victory over Zuern on court four. Chi-Shan's win followed the Van Cott twins each recording straight set wins on courts five and six. Ian took care of Pablo Tellez, 6-0, 6-1, on court five, while Alex got past Bernard Craveiro, 6-1, 6-1, on court six. The brothers both improved to 6-0 this spring with the wins.
"The Van Cott's did a great job taking care of business to get us a 3-0 lead," Booras said. "They've both been competing very well this season. I was impressed with how our freshman Jao Chi-Shan kept his focus under a lot of pressure to clinch the match for us under a very tight situation."
Koepfer also improved his singles record to 6-0 with a 5-6, 6-1, 10-6, victory over Gomes on court one.
Tulane begins a six-match road swing next weekend when they visit UAB on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and then play Samford on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.