Men's Tennis Battles Weather and YSU for 6-1 Victory



March 10, 2013


NEW ORLEANS - Facing high winds and intermittent rain on Sunday afternoon, the Tulane men's tennis team and visiting Youngstown State battled to a 6-1 decision in favor of the Green Wave at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.

The win for Tulane (7-4, 2-1 C-USA) was the third straight and the sixth in seven matches at home this spring. Youngstown State (5-4) saw its five match winning streak snapped.

"It was a really tough day out there with the weather issues," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We had 25 mph winds and three rain delays, but our guys were able to stay focused and pick up another win."

The Green Wave made quick work in doubles with wins on all three courts. The duo of Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott got things started with an 8-0 win over YSU's Zeeshan Ismail and Rodrigo Campos on court two. Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer secured the doubles point with an 8-1 victory over Sebastian Hagn and Dawoud Kahli on court one.

The pair of Joe Young and Ian Van Cott improved to 5-1 this spring with an 8-1 win over Silviu Mistreanu and Felipe Rosa on court three. Ian Van Cott returned to the line-up after missing the past two matches due to illness.

Koepfer improved to 11-0 this spring in singles by taking the second point of match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kabli on court three.

Cedric Rutsaert earned Tulane's third point with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court six over Campos, while Adam Bernstein once again secured the team win with a 6-4, 6-1, victory over Ismail on court five.



"Cedric did a good job today considering the conditions and this being his first match of the year," Booras added. "Overall, this was a solid match for the guys today and we hope to take this confidence into Thursday match."

Alex Van Cott also won, 6-2, 7-5, on court four over Rosa.

The Green Wave close out the homestand on Thursday when Nicholls State visits the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center at 3 p.m. CT.