April 2, 2013
BATON ROUGE - Despite earning a second straight week in the ITA's national rankings, the 61st-ranked Tulane men's tennis team fell to host LSU, the 32nd-ranked team, 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon at W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
The Green Wave (11-6) duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer increased their doubles record to 13-2 and won for the ninth straight time with an 8-2 decision over LSU's (10-8) Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos on court one.
Tulane was not able to take the doubles point despite the victory by Mark and Koepfer.
"The guys fought real hard today against a seasoned LSU team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Unfortunately, our doubles play was very uncharacteristic today at two and three. We started out pretty tight and got far behind early and couldn't recover.
"We responded well in singles though by starting quick and fighting hard all the way through. We had a few opportunities in singles. Three different guys had set points or match points and couldn't convert so that always makes things a bit tougher on us."
LSU quickly jumped out to a 3-0 team lead with singles wins on courts five and three before the 82nd ranked individual player in the nation, Chris Simpson, had to take Koepfer to three sets on court one to clinch the win for the Tigers. Simpson took the first set, 6-2, before the Green Wave freshman battled back with a 6-0 win in the second set. Simpson took the deciding set, 6-2, to gain the point.
Mark also won his second set against LSU's Stefan Szacinski, 6-4, but lost the point.
"This will be a good learning experience for us as we head into our last two matches against very tough teams and then into the conference tournament," Booras added.
Tulane will host No. 72 Rice at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT in the final home match for the Green Wave six seniors, Idan Mark, Joe Young, Rodrigo Rappaccoli, Adam Bernstein, Coby Kramer-Golinkoff and Etham Frenkel.