March 14, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's tennis team completed the four-match homestand with a perfect record after handing visiting Nicholls State a 6-1 loss on Thursday afternoon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (8-4, 2-1 C-USA) took care of doubles by winning on courts one and two and then won five of the six singles matches of the team's fourth straight win.
"This was another very solid win for our team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Nicholls State has had some pretty big wins this year over teams we have lost to (SMU), so this is a nice gauge for how we are growing as a team this season. The guys did a great job keeping focus on the task at hand today in both singles and doubles. We started out down a break at 2 and 3 doubles and bounced back to take the lead and close them out."
On the singles side, Alex Van Cott earned the clinching victory on court five, 6-2, 6-0, over Nicholls State's (7-8) Evan Karatzas.
Koepfer, playing on court two for the first time this season, improved to 11-0 in dual matches, while Mark, Rappaccioli and Adam Bernstein each collected singles wins.
"We knew their singles could play at very high level but we didn't let that take us out of our game plans," Booras added. "Our guys kept taking it to them and it allowed us to pick up another good win."
Tulane will travel to Lafayette on Saturday to face ULL in a dual match at 1 p.m. CT.