March 9, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - A total team effort guided the Tulane men's tennis team to a 5-2 victory over Lamar on Tuesday afternoon at the Goldring Tennis Center.
"I am really pleased with how the guys competed today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We have been talking a lot about starting off on the right note and carrying that attitude through to the finish. They did that today and played a complete match against a very solid team."
The "right note" for the Green Wave was winning the doubles point. The duo of Bernstein and Rappaccioli got things started with an 8-6 victory over Lamar's Marton Horvath and Dusan Savkovic on court two, while Young and Shaye Wali got back on track on court one against Denis Ermilov and Robert Lee to earned the point for the Green Wave with a 9-8 victory, winning the tie breaker 7-2.
"The doubles point was extremely close and our guys executed well under a very high pressure situation, and we squeaked out two wins to get the point," Booras added. "We carried that momentum into our singles and got a quick start on three courts and the guys that were down early found a way to get back into their matches too. They all did just what I asked them to do, that is, to believe, to compete hard until the end, and to find a way. As I said before, our team is very eager to put the pieces of this puzzle together and this was a great step for us in the right direction."
The deciding point of the match came from the racquet of Kramer-Golinkoff on court six with a straight sets victory, 6-4, 6-4, over Diego Snyder.
Bernstein's 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) hard fought win over Ermilov on court three gave the Green Wave its fifth point.
Lamar's No. 1 singles player, Richard Filkuka, and No. 5 player, Horvath, saved the Cardinals from the sweep. Filkuka edged Wali, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, while Horvath got past Trevor Get, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).
Tulane will return to action next Tuesday when they host UTSA at 2 p.m. CST in the Goldring Tennis Center.