April 13, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Despite falling to No. 21 Tulsa, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, the 62nd ranked Tulane men's tennis team completed its best regular season since 2005 with a 12-7 overall mark and a 3-2 record in Conference USA.
The Green Wave was coming off a 4-3 victory at home over then-No. 72 Rice last Sunday, but couldn't capitalize on that momentum. Tulsa (13-6, 3-0 C-USA) ended the regular season with five straight wins.
"Tulsa played very solid today throughout their lineup," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We had some looks in doubles but ended up playing a bit hesitant when we needed to pull the trigger."
Tulane dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and two. The Green Wave duo of Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer ended a nine-match winning streak with a hard fought, 8-6, loss to Clifford Marsland and Alejando Espejo on court one.
Joe Young and Ian Van Cott both took their respective singles matches to three sets, but were unable to secure a win, while Koepfer battled the 52nd ranked Japie De Klerk to a pair of close sets, 6-4, 6-4, on court one.
"Joe, Ian and Dominik played pretty good in singles and kept themselves in it, but we needed a better showing from everyone at once to beat a top 20 program like Tulsa," Booras added.
Tulane will head to Memphis, Tenn., this week for the 2013 Conference USA Championships. The first day of competition is set for Thursday at the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center.