Feb. 28, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Tulane men's tennis team advanced to Saturday's championship match of the 48th annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions after Friday afternoon's 4-1 victory over SMU in the second round at the H-E-B Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"What a great team effort from our guys over a very solid SMU program," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I told the guys that today was going to be a tough grind physically and mentally and I was very impressed how they raised and maintained their level to play their best tennis in the toughest parts of the match."
Tulane (8-2) opened the day with a 4-1 win over UTSA prior to the afternoon's victory.
Sophomore Dominik Koepfer won for the 10th time in as many attempts this spring in singles to clinch the match for Tulane. Koepfer got past SMU's (6-6) Arthurs Kazujevs, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, on court one for the fourth point of the afternoon.
Freshmen Sebastian Rey and Jao Chi-Shan and sophomore Ian Van Cott also collected singles wins. Rey defeated Micha Nowicki, 7-5, 7-6, on court two, while Chi-Shan edged Tony Russell, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, on court four. Ian Van Cott improved to 9-1 this spring with a 7-5, 6-2, win over Arkidjas Slobodkins, 7-5, 6-2, on court five.
"Dominik has continued to be a leader for us physically and mentally by being able to compete at a high level against these tough opponents," Booras added. "Ian took care of business when he needed to and Jao did a great job of turning his match around after getting down a set. I continue to be impressed by the potential of our young team."
"We'll need to turn right around and do it again tomorrow against another very solid team," Booras said.
After this weekend, the Green Wave will continue the road trip with a trip to Florida for a match at USF in Tampa on March 4 and at UCF in Orlando on March 6.