March 22, 2014
HOUSTON - The 67th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team couldn't hold off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a hard fought dual match on Saturday afternoon and fell, 4-3, at the Rice Invitational at the Jake Hess Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (11-5) took the doubles point and won the first singles match to take a 2-0 lead, but dropped the next two singles matches before taking a 3-2 lead with a win, but TAMCC (12-7) rallied and claimed the final two points with a pair of three sets wins.
"Our guys played hard today and played well at times throughout the match but just not enough to seal the team victory," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "You have to give a lot of credit to their team to come from behind like that for the win. They have had a very solid season and we knew they were capable of taking it to us. Our guys were fighting like crazy but just came up a bit short."
Tulane's doubles teams of Sebastian Rey and Takuma Ohashi and Alex Van Cott and Ian Van Cott earned wins on courts two and three, respectively to secure the point. Rey and Ohashi got past TAMCC's Matt Westmoreland and Paul Cook, 8-5, and the Van Cott twins edged Philip Kuehnen and Ricardo Mayagoitia, 8-6.
Jao Chi-Shan gave the Green Wave a 2-0 team lead with a, 6-1, 6-2, win over Guillaume Rauseo on court three before Ian Van Cott earned Tulane's third and final point with a 6-2, 6-2, win over Philip Kuehnen on court six.
Tulane will face Conference USA rival Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT in the final day of the Rice Invitational.
"We're really looking forward to bouncing back against Rice tomorrow," Booras added. "They are a great team and have been a big conference rival of ours for a long time, so we know it will be a very competitive and heated match."
After this weekend the Green Wave return home to close out the regular season with a four-match homestand that begins on March 29 against Southern Miss at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.