March 4, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tulane men's tennis team saw its four-match winning streak come to an end on Tuesday afternoon in a 5-2 loss to No. 53 South Florida at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
Despite claiming the doubles point and earning the first singles win, the Green Wave (9-3) couldn't hold off the Bulls (6-3) who claimed the next five singles matches to earn the victory.
"This was a tough loss to a very solid USF team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "It was good to see our guys rebound in our doubles point. We had some close losses in doubles last week when we should have won them, so we went back to the drawing board in practice the last couple of days to make some tweaks and we turned around today and took the doubles point to get a nice jump."
Tulane's duo of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan improved to 9-2 this spring with a, 8-4, win over Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozen on court one, while the pair of Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi got past Everth Dzib and Vadym Kalyuzhayy, 8-5, on court three.
Chi-Shan then opened singles play with a convincing, 6-2, 6-3, win over Sasha Gozen on court three, but the Green Wave couldn't manage another point.
"Jao did a great job of beating a solid player at No. 3 today, and Sebastian put himself in a great position to win getting up a set and a break at No. 2 before USF clinched the match," Booras said. "It's nice to see that kind of ability from our freshman at top positions in the lineup against a tough team. Our guys fought hard today at every position but in tennis it only takes a couple of points each set to make a difference, and the other team got those today."
"This has been a long and great road trip so far, but we will have our work cut out for us Thursday against another tough conference opponent. We'll need to recover mentally and physically quickly so we can end this road trip with another win.
The Green Wave will complete the road trip with a trip to Orlando to face UCF on Thursday afternoon.