April 11, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 61st-ranked Tulane men's tennis fell to No. 33 Alabama, 4-1, on Friday morning at the Alabama Tennis Stadium to complete the regular season.
The Green Wave's (13-8, 3-2 C-USA) lone point for the match came from Sebastian Rey. The freshman defeated Alabama's (12-12, 4-6 SEC) Nikko Madregallejo, 6-4, 6-4, on court three.
"This was a tough match for us today but our guys really stepped up to the challenge," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Playing against top 30 team on the road it's always tough but we had ourselves in position to win three points against them while battling in other spots. At one point we were up big in three matches and close to turning the corner in another one. This shows how well our guys responded after losing the doubles point in a hostile environment. That's not an easy task to do when you are playing against a really strong team."
Alabama opened the morning by taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. The Crimson Tide duo of Daniil Proskura and Becker O'Shaughnessey, the 22nd-ranked doubles team in the nation, defeated No. 36 Dominik Hoepfer and Jao Chi-Shan, 8-3, on court one, while Sean Donohue and Stuart Kenyon edged Rey and Alex Van Cott, 8-3, on court two.
The Crimson Tide earned all three singles point with straight sets wins on courts one, two and four. The clinching win came from 25th-ranked Prosuka, 6-3, 6-3, over Koepfer and court one.
The Green Wave will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the Conference USA Championships that gets underway next Thursday.