Feb. 16, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The 73rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team bounced back from Saturday's heartbreaking loss to UAB with a solid, 6-1, victory over No. 69 Samford on Sunday afternoon at the Samford Tennis Center.
"This weekend was a great character builder for our guys," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "To bounce back like they did from a tough loss yesterday and then beat a ranked team on the road today shows a lot of heart and maturity."
The Green Wave (6-2) opened the match by claiming the doubles point against Samford (1-4). The duo of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan secured point with their seventh victory of the season, 8-6, over Elliott Barnwell and Trey Carter on court one. Sebastian Rey and Alex Van Cott got past Liam Sullivan and Henry Moore, 8-4, on court two to open doubles competition.
Koepfer's singles victory on court one, a 6-3, 7-5, decision over Barnwell secured the fourth point for Tulane and the win. Koepfer improved to a perfect 8-0 this spring with the victory. Teammate Alex Van Cott also remained perfect this spring in singles with a 6-0, 6-2, victory over Sullivan on court six.
"We had a complete team effort from start to finish." Booras added. "I was happy to see how they learned from yesterday and showed a lot of poise and composure during the big moments today."
Tulane's other three singles wins by Sebastian Rey, Takuma Ohashi and Ian Van Cott all came in straight sets as well. Rey defeated Fares Kilani, 6-3, 6-3, on court two, while Ohashi edged Carter, 6-4, 7-5, on court four and Ian Van Cott improved to 7-1 this spring with a 6-1, 6-2, win over Moore on court five.