April 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The group of six Tulane men's tennis seniors closed out their home careers on Sunday afternoon in grand fashion, as the No. 61 Green Wave defeated No. 72 Rice, 4-3, in a Conference USA dual match at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
Tulane (12-6, 3-1 C-USA) took the doubles point and won on courts two, three and five to earn the victory and close out the home schedule with a 9-1 record.
"This was another huge win for our program and a great way for our seniors to finish up their home slate," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Rice has been a top program in our conference every year and we've yet to beat them since we re-started the program. This shows the guys the progress we've made in just a few years and hopefully builds more confidence in them as we move into the last regular season match and post season play."
Seniors Idan Mark and Joe Young each earned wins in singles for Tulane. Young's 6-2, 7-6, victory over Rice's (9-12, 0-2 C-USA) Tommy Bennett on court three to clinch the victory. Mark defeated Adam Gustafsson, 6-1, 6-1, on court two.
"I'm glad that our seniors Idan and Joe were able to play such a big role in our win today," Booras said. "It's fitting that one of our seniors got to clinch the match today under a tremendous amount of pressure. Alex showed a lot of character as a freshman coming back to beat a very experienced Rice senior."
Freshman Alex Van Cott earned a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, win over Peter Frank on court five to give Tulane its third point.
The Green Wave duo of Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott along with the pair of Young and Ian Van Cott earned doubles wins. Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott got past Philipp Seifert and Peter Frank, 8-5, on court two, while Young and Ian Van Cott posted an 8-6 win over Jonathan Chang and Leif Berger on court three.
Tulane will close out the regular season at Tulsa on Saturday in a dual match slated for noon CT.