March 20, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's men's tennis extended its winning streak to six straight with a 6-1 victory over No. 57 Samford on Wednesday afternoon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (10-4, 2-1 C-USA) rolled to the point in doubles and gained wins on the first five singles court to secure the win.
"I'm really happy for these guys getting a big win over highly ranked team like that today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We came out very focused in doubles, stuck to the game plans and took it to them. In singles it was more of the same. It seemed like we never took our foot off the gas."
The doubles teams of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer and Joe Young and Ian Van Cott both claimed 8-2 wins. Mark and Koepfer improved in 9-2 with the victory over Zac Dunkle and Garrison Laduca on court one. Young and Ian Van Cott upended Fares Kilani and Alex Sajonz on court three.
Koepfer extended his singles winning streak to 14, every match of the spring, with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Elliot Barnell on court two to earn Tulane's second point of the afternoon.
Young won for the second straight outing to clinch the match for the Green Wave. The senior defeated Kilani, 7-5, 6-3, on court three.
"This is another step for us in the right direction," Booras added. "The guys showed today that they're playing with a lot of confidence which is just what we need as we go into a very tough road trip for the next week."
Tulane begins a four-match road swing this weekend with a trip to California to face Cal Poly, Santa Clara and San Francisco beginning on Sunday.