March 16, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - After sweeping a four-match homestand, the Tulane men's tennis team took that momentum down I-10 and earned a 4-3 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at the Cajun Courts.
"This was a huge road win for our guys," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "ULL is always a tough environment to play in. The have a very vocal fan base and a very solid team."
The Green Wave (9-4, 2-1 C-USA) once again won the doubles point, while freshman Dominik Koepfer remained perfect in singles this spring with his 13th victory. Adam Bernstein claimed his fifth straight victory and Joe Young snapped a seven-match losing skid to clinch the match for Tulane.
"I'm proud of Joe picking up the win to clinch it for us today under such tough conditions," Booras added. "This will go a long way for his confidence for the rest of the year."
Young defeated ULL's (9-8) Edgar Lopez, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, on court three.
Bernstein got past Hunter Goertz, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, on court six, while Koepfer won, 6-4, 6-1, over Jake Waynan on court two.
"Dominik continues to impress us with his ability and focus as he leads us on the court," Booras said.
Young teamed with Ian Van Cott to clinch the doubles point on court three with an 8-5 win over Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson. The Tulane duo of Idan Mark and Koepfer got things started with an 8-2 win over Wynan and Edgar Lopez.
"The Doubles point once again proved pivotal," Booras said. "We we're a little worried when we looked over and saw Ian getting sick at the back fence in his doubles match, but he kept his composure and showed us how tough he is by fighting through the illness to clinch the doubles point for us with Joe."
Tulane returns home to host No. 61 Samford on Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.