Feb. 17, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Having not played a match in two weeks didn't seem to both the Tulane men's tennis team on Sunday afternoon when the Green Wave took care of Southern Miss, 5-2, in a Conference USA dual match at the USM Tennis Courts.
Tulane (3-2, 1-0 C-USA), who hadn't played since Feb. 3, jumped out of the gate early by winning the doubles points and kept rolling by winning the first three decisions in singles.
"This was a great team win for Tulane today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "The guys played well as a unit from start to finish. USM just came off of one of their best wins as a program a few days ago against a top 50 team so we knew they were playing with a lot of confidence. I was pleased with the way our guys stepped up to the challenge on the road to get the win."
Freshman Alex Van Cott earned the decisive singles victory that put the Green Wave up 4-0 over USM (7-3, 0-1 C-USA). Van Cott defeated Inaki Belloso, 6-1, 6-4, on court five. Fellow freshman Dominik Koepfer improved to 5-0 in singles this spring by earning Tulane's first singles point, 6-1, 6-3, over Benjamin Feldman on court three.
"Dominik did a great job taking quick care of his match to give us a 2-0 lead. His game has really developed over the last few months," Booras added. "I was impressed with Alex's composure as he was trying to clinch the win for us."
"It was nice to see Idan play very well to get some revenge on the guy who beat him last year," Booras said. "Joe did a great job picking up a win at his first time at #1 this year against an opponent who always gives us lots of problems with of his hustle and consistent fight."
Tulane took care of the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. The pair of Mark and Koepfer improved to 4-1 this spring with an 8-4 victory over Matt and Goodwin.
Tulane returns home to host Lamar next Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at City Park and then host Texas Tech at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.