Freshman Sebastian Rey
March 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 63rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team ended a two-match losing skid in impressive fashion on Saturday afternoon with, 5-2, victory over Conference USA foe Southern Miss at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (12-6, 2-2 C-USA) earned the doubles points and then got singles wins from Dominik Koefper, Sebastian Rey, Jao Chi-Shan and Ian Van Cott to pick up the win over Southern Miss (9-9, 0-2 C-USA).
"All of our conference matches this year have been battles and this one was no different," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "This was a great conference win for us against a tough program to get us back in the wins column."
The doubles point was taken after the 39th-ranked team of Koepfer and Chi-Shan got past USM's Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar, 8-3, on court one, while Rey and Takuma Ohashi edged Chao-Yu Huang and Vasco Valverde, 8-6, on court two.
Rey's, 7-5, 6-1, singles win over Alex Doleac on court two clinched the victory for the Green Wave, while Ian Van Cott and Koepfer earned the first two points in singles. Van Cott defeated Grigory Trotsenko, 6-1, 6-1, on court six to open singles play and Koepfer defeated Alvarado, 6-2, 6-3, on court one for the third point of the afternoon.
Chi-Shan earned a, 6-4, 6-4, win over Escobar on court four for Tulane's fifth point.
The Green Wave will get right back to the courts on Sunday when they host C-USA newcomer UTSA at 1 p.m. CT.
"We have our work cut out for us tomorrow with another tough and hungry team in UTSA," Booras added.
After Sunday's match, Tulane will close out the regular season with two more home matches. The Green Wave will host Louisiana-Lafayette on April 6 at 1 p.m. CT and then LSU on April 9 at 3 p.m. CT.