March 23, 2014
HOUSTON - For the second straight day the 67th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team secure the fourth and decisive point and fell 4-3 to host Rice on Sunday afternoon at the Rice Invitational at the Jake Hess Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (11-6) once again took the doubles point and held a 3-2 lead with two singles matches still going, but could not hang on and dropped each of the final two matches in three sets.
"We couldn't have come any closer to a win this weekend without actually getting one," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Two 4-3, last match on, road losses hurts a bit, but we know that these experiences and tough schedule will continue to make us stronger down the road. We have been in a handful of barn-burners this year, and have come out on the winning side of a bunch, but just couldn't get it done today. We still have a lot of tennis left this season and the guys are hungry to finish strong."
After the doubles teams of 37th-ranked Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan and Sebastian Rey and Takuma Ohashi won on courts one and two, respectively, to earn the first point for the Green Wave, Rice (7-9) claimed the first two singles matches before Chi-Shan and Rey earned straight-sets wins on courts four and two, respectively, to allow Tulane to regain the 3-2 advantage.
The final two points came down to a third set, both won by Rice, including the clinching match, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, by Tommy Bennett over Koepfer on court one.
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.