March 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After taking the doubles point to get the day started, the Tulane men's tennis team won the first three singles matches and earned a 4-3 dual match victory over Conference USA foe UAB on Saturday afternoon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
"This was a great win for our program and a huge step forward for us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "UAB has been a top team in our league every year and seems to have had our number for the last three seasons."
The Green Wave (6-4, 2-1 C-USA) got things started by taking a hard fought doubles point with wins on courts one and two. The duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer defeated UAB's (10-7, 1-1 C-USA) pair of David Zimmerman and Tom Puetz, 8-4, on court one, while Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott defeated Chris Helliar and Lucas Dirube, 8-5, on court two to secure the point.
"Doubles was a real battle at all three spots," Booras added. "But I like how our guys kept their heads together and stayed focused under all the pressure to get the point."
Adam Bernstein secured the win for Tulane and ended UAB's eight-match winning streak, with a, 6-4, 6-1, victory over UAB's Dirube on court six.
Tulane got the other two points with wins on court five and three. Alex Van Cott defeated Luiz Felipe Pinto, 6-4, 6-2, on court five, while Koepfer earned his 10th victory of the spring by default over Tom Puetz.
I'm proud of Adam for stepping up in a very high pressure situation and clinching the match for us in just his second match back this year," Booras said. "Alex did a great job beating a very solid player and getting us the third point."
Tulane continues the homestand on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT against Youngstown State.