April 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 61st-ranked Tulane men's tennis closed out the home portion of the regular season in disappointing fashion on Wednesday afternoon, falling to in-state foe and 57th-ranked LSU, 4-0, at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (13-7, 3-2 C-USA) was attempting to send lone senior Takuma Ohashi off with a victory, but the Tigers (12-12, 2-9 SEC) battled to take the doubles point and then claimed the first three singles matches in straight sets.
"Doubles was a bit of a shocker for us today, so that put us in a hole that we had to mentally climb out of," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "The guys responded well in singles to get us back in the match. But it felt like we were in an uphill battle the whole time."
Tulane's 36th-ranked doubles team of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan fought hard against LSU's 33rd-ranked duo of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias, but fell, 8-5, on court one. The Tigers' won each of the other two doubles matches by the score of 8-3 to take the point.
LSU won the first three singles points in straight sets on courts one, five and two, respectively, to earn the victory.
"In our next few matches it will be very important that we start out well mentally as well as physically so we put ourselves on the most even playing field to give us our best opportunity to be successful.
The Green Wave will conclude the regular season on Friday with a trip to Tuscaloosa to face No. 33 Alabama in a match that was added to the schedule. The Conference USA Championships get underway in Tulsa, Okla., next week.