March 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Getting the four-match homestand off on the right foot was a goal of head coach Mark Booras and his 70th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team did just that on Wednesday afternoon with a 6-1 win over the College of Charleston at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (5-4, 1-1 C-USA) opened by taking the doubles point and rolled to earn five of the six points available in singles.
"We came out with the right focus today in doubles which helped set the tone for the match," Booras said. "They started quick on us in singles but we did a good job of hanging in there to get ahead in some first sets and then use that momentum through the second sets."
Dominik Koepfer won for the ninth time in as many times this spring in singles. The freshman earned the fourth and clinching point on court three with a 6-4, 7-5, win over the College of Charleston's (2-6) Crescente Lesser.
Idan Mark and Rodrigo Rappaccioli each collected their fifth wins of the spring. Mark defeated Brice Allanic, 6-2, 6-3, on court one, while Rappaccioli got past Charlie Ghriskey, 6-3, 6-3, on court four.
Alex Van Cott and Adam Bernstein also earned singles wins. Van Cott upended Alon Faiman, 4-6, 7-5, 16-14, on court five. Bernstein knocked off Zack Lewis, 6-4, 6-2, on court six in his first singles match of the spring.
Tulane took the doubles point with wins from the duo of Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott on court one. The pair defeated Lewis and Faiman, 8-0, while Joe Young teamed with Bernstein to get past Sebastian Lopez and Josh Record, 8-1, on court three.
The Green Wave continues the homestand this weekend with a pair of matches. Tulane hosts UAB in a conference match on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and then hosts Youngstown State on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.