April 19, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The 67st-ranked Tulane men's tennis team, the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Championships, upended No. 72 and third-seeded East Carolina, 4-0, in the semifinal round at Tulsa's Case Tennis Center counts on Saturday afternoon.
The Green Wave (15-8, 3-2 C-USA) will face host Tulsa in the championship match on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. The 42nd-ranked and top seeded Golden Hurricane defeated Rice, 4-0, in the other semifinal match on Saturday. Tulane's appearance in the title match is the program's first since winning the championship in 2005.
"This is great," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Four years ago we were last in the league after just bringing the program back and now we are in the championship match. Our guys are very excited and they worked hard to get to this point, but there is still work to be done.
"It was a really great college match today," Booras added. "ECU has had a tremendous second half of their season and really had turned it on the last few weeks. And they gave us a huge battle today."
Koepfer and Chi-Shan got past Joran Vliegen and Colin Roller, 8-6, on court one, while the Van Cott twins defeated Nicolas Soriano and Patriek Wolterbeek, 8-5, on court three.
"Today we set the tone right away by getting the doubles point and then we got a couple huge jumps in singles," Booras added. "I was really pleased with the way our guys closed it out."
Chi-Shan, Sebastian Rey and Ian Van Cott all claimed singles wins to secure the win for Tulane. Van Cott's 6-0, 7-6, win over Fredric Lehfeldt on court five clinched the win for the Green Wave, while Chi-Shan defeated Damien Brenard, 6-0, 6-2, on court three for the second point and Rey got past Mario Martinez, 6-1, 6-2, on court two to give Tulane a 3-0 lead.
Tulane and Tulsa did not meet during the regular season.