Sophomore Alex Van Cott
March 15, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 66th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team closed out the mini homestand on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over visiting South Alabama at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (11-4) opened the match by taking the doubles point and then earned singles points with wins on courts one, four and six to complete the victory over the Jaguars (11-6).
"What a great showing by ours guys today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "South Alabama has a very solid team with strength throughout their lineup. We put some challenges in front of the guys after our last match and they responded well. They were very hungry today to reclaim our home court advantage."
It was sophomore Alex Van Cott's, 6-4, 6-3, win over USA's Juan Troglia on court six that clinched the victory for Tulane. His win followed Dominik Koepfer's, 6-4, 7-6, win on court one over Daniel Leitner and Jao Chi-Shan's, 6-1, 6-4, decision over Shayann Vaezzadeh on court four.
"All three guys did a great job taking care of business," Booras added. "Dominik, again, showed tremendous ability and fight to come from behind in the second set to tie it up and then again from 6-2 down in the tiebreaker to reel off 6 points in a row for the win."
Keopfer and Chi-Shan also claimed the pair's fifth straight doubles win as the 37th-ranked team posted an, 8-3, win over Manuel Belda and Quincy Olij on court one. Tulane claimed the doubles point with their win combined with the 8-6 victory by the duo of Ian and Alex Van Cott over Tuki Jacobs and Juan Troglia on court three.
The Green Wave hit the road for the two-day Rice Invitational next weekend in Houston. Tulane will face Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and then battle host Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.