Freshman Sebastian Rey
March 7, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Tulane men's tennis team got back on track in a big way on Friday morning with a 4-3 victory at No. 60 UCF at the UCF Tennis Complex.
The Green Wave (10-3) could not overcome the Knights (7-2) in doubles, but Dominik Koepfer, Sebastian Rey, Takuma Ohashi and Ian Van Cott each earned a point with singles wins. Rey's victory on court two was the clinching point.
"We came out and played a very tentative doubles point to get us down 1-0," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "During the team meeting the guys voiced their frustration with the way they competed, and committed to coming out of the gate early in singles with great energy.
"When it came to crunch time our freshman Sebastian Rey did a great job of handling the pressure of being the last match on, in a road match, by playing with poise and sticking to his game plan to clinch the victory for Tulane," added Booras.
Rey's deciding match came in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, over UCF's Francesca Aulinia on court two. Koepfer earned the third point for Tulane with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, win over Matthew Gladstone on court one, while Ohashi and Van Cott's wins were both in straight sets.
Van Cott got past Jesse Flores, 6-4, 6-3, on court six to collect Tulane's first point and Ohashi defeated Chris Barrus, 6-3, 6-3, on court four for the second point of the morning.
"Ian played a very smart match to beat a tough player with a lot of firepower to earn us the first point and get even with UCF," Booras said. "Takuma has done a great job this whole trip, and came up with a huge win a No. 4 to help us even things up at 2-2."
The doubles team of Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan did earn a victory on court one over Amar Hromic and Flores, 8-6, to improve to 10-2 this spring. Koepfer's singles win earned the sophomore his 12th win in 13 tries, while Van Cott collected his 11th win in 13 matches.
Tulane completed seven-match road swing with 5-2 record and return home to host George Washington on Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.