March 24, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - There are not many better ways for the Tulane men's tennis team to open a three-match road swing through California than a earning a hard fought 4-3 victory at No. 67 Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon at the Mustang Courts.
"This was another great win or our program over a highly ranked team and to get it done on the road makes it even better," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Doubles started out solid again and we were able to get a quick 1-0 jump on them. Then Adam and Rod came through with a couple of quick points to give us a bigger lead. But we clearly weren't out of the water yet as they stormed back with 3 points of their own to tie it up."
The Green Wave took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer improved to 10-2 this spring with an 8-6 victory over Cal Poly's (7-5) pair of Andre Dome and Jordan Bridge on court one. Joe Young and Ian Van Cott defeated Naveen Beasley and Derek Klein, 8-6, on court three.
Bernstein and Rappaccioli earned the second and third points for Tulane on the singles courts. Bernstein got past Matt Thompson, 6-2, 6-3, on court six, while Rappaccioli defeated Derek Klein, 6-1, 6-2, on court four to put the Green Wave a 3-1 lead.
Mark clinched the win for Tulane with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, victory over Jordan Bridge on court two.
"Idan had a great comeback," Booras said. "It was a huge turn around for him and shows his toughness to be able to comeback under so much pressure."
Koepfer, playing No. 1 singles for the first time of his spring, lost his first match of the season. The freshman fell to No. 30 Andre Dome, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, to end his 13-match winning streak.
"Dominik came up against one of the top players in the country today," Booras added. "He started out real well but stopped playing his game in the second set. Once (Andre) Dome guy started rolling it was hard to hold off. This was a great experience for him. He has clearly earned an opportunity this spring to periodically play at the top spot and I'm sure this loss will only motivate him to keep working to get better."
Tulane continues the west-coast road swing on Tuesday when they face Santa Clara at 1 p.m. CT in Santa Clara, Calif.