April 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - For the 10th time this season the Tulane men's tennis team earned a victory at the Goldring Tennis Center, Tuesday afternoon cross-town foe Xavier was the victim, falling 6-1, to the Green Wave in a make-up match.
"I am very grateful that Xavier could come play us on such short notice," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We had to make up matches from earlier in the year from matches lost due to weather against teams that were unable to return to New Orleans. Getting a tough opponent like Xavier, the ninth-ranked team in NAIA, on short notice was great for us."
Tulane (11-9) collected the doubles point with victories by the duo of Adam Bernstein and Takuma Ohashi on court two and Idan Mark and Joe Young on court one. The win by Mark and Young was the pair's 10th straight as then defeated Xavier's Loic Didavi and Zach Taylor, 8-3, to secure the point.
Shaye Wali earned his fifth straight singles win to clinch the match for the Green Wave. Wali got past Viktor Svoboda, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, on court three for the fourth point of the afternoon.
Rodrigo Rappaccioli won, 6-2, 6-2, on court four and Takuma Ohashi earned a 6-3, 6-3, victory on court four for the second and third points of the match for Tulane. Idan Mark and Iain Sneddon both outlasted their opponents in a third-set tiebreaker to also earn victories.
"We were really pushed to the limit today," Booras said. "Having played them earlier in the year and getting a win prepared us well for the match tactically, but that made us play with a different kind of pressure because we knew what we were capable of. I'm proud of the way our guys fought through to get the win. I would've liked to have breathed a bit easier by having us execute and play our games earlier on to set a better tone to the match, but that ability comes with experience. As long as we are constantly learning and growing through these experiences we will continue to improve and come closer to reaching our goals."
Tulane will close out the regular season at home this weekend with a match against UL-Lafayette on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and a match against Tulsa on Sunday at Noon. Wali, the lone senior on the Green Wave squad, will be honored prior to Sunday's match.