March 26, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite a well-played match, the Tulane men's tennis team saw its seven match winning streak snapped on Tuesday after noon, falling to Santa Clara, 4-3, at the Degheri Tennis Center in the second match of the West Coach road trip.
The Green Wave (11-5) took the doubles point and won on courts one and four in singles, but Santa Clara (12-6) was able to secure four points in singles to pull out the win.
"This was a great college match today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras. "I just obviously wish it would have swung our way, but this is college tennis between two tough teams grinding it out to the end."
Tulane's duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer started the afternoon off with an 8-4 doubles win over Santa Clara's Ilya Osintsev and Matt Kecki on court one to improve to 11-2 this spring, while Joe Young and Ian Van Cott up ended Ashot Khacharyan and Eugene Muchynski, 8-5, on court three to secure the point.
Santa Clara then jumped out to a 2-1 lead after earning wins on courts five and six, but Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Koepfer got the Green Wave back to the lead with wins on courts four and one, respectively.
"We've been getting a bunch of wins from 5 and 6 as of late, so it kind of punched us in the gut to give up two quick points like that without even getting a set," Booras said. "Our guys bounced back with two more wins to tie it up."
Rappaccioli got past Matt Kecki, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to even the score, while Koepfer upset No. 63 John Lamble, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, on court one to improve to 14-1 this spring.
"Congrats to Dominik for overcoming a tough first set loss and still come up with a big win over the #63 ranked singles player in the country," Booras added.
Tulane had a pair of three set losses that could have gone either way on courts two and three.
"We had some opportunities to get the fourth point today on Joe's court being up a set and a break 4-3, and then up in the tiebreaker, but (Ashot Khacharyan) kept himself in it and somehow got himself into the third set," Booras said. "Idan's opponent )(Ilya Osintsev) had a huge game and everything was falling in for him towards the end."
Tulane concludes the three-match West Coast road trip on Wednesday when they visit the University of San Francisco for a 1 p.m. dual match.