March 20, 2010
HOUSTON - The Tulane men's tennis team dropped its second match in as many days, as the Green Wave fell to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the 52nd annual Rice Invitational.
Saturday's match was schedule to play played outside at the Rice Intramural courts, but was moved inside to The Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club.
Tulane (3-7) took the doubles point to open the match with the duos of Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Adam Bernstein and Trevor Getz and Etham Frankel winning their matches. Rappaccioli and Bernstein defeated TAMUCC's (6-10) Robert Raguz and Alex Pavlov, 8-6, on court two, while Getz and Frankel got past Duje Janjic and Andrew Maingot, 8-6, on court three to secure the point.
"We started out well today with a good attitude, earning a hard fought doubles point," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We weren't able to convert on a couple of big break points in singles that would have given us great momentum, and instead it shifted and the other team seized those opportunities and used it to put themselves in a good place to finish."
TAMCC's Raguz handled Bernstein, 6-2, 6-2, on court three to open singles play and give the Islanders their first point of the match.
Pavlov's straight sets victory over Cody Kramer-Golinkoff, 6-4, 6-2, on court five was the deciding match to give TAMUCC the victory.
"I saw some great things out of all our guys today at different points of the match," Booras said. "The trick is being able to produce that in the start and reproduce it for three or four hours. There are so many ups and downs in tennis and when the guys learn to cope with those the correct way they will mature as competitors, see more consistent execution and, ultimately, better results.
Tulane completes the Rice Invitational on Sunday when they face No. 40 N.C. State at 9 a.m. CDT in Jake Hess Stadium.