Head coach Mark Booras
April 20, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The 67st-ranked Tulane men's tennis team, the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Championships, fell just short at its bid at claiming the program's first C-USA championship since 2005, with Sunday morning's 4-0 loss to top-seeded and host Tulsa at Case Tennis Center counts.
The Green Wave (15-9, 3-2 C-USA) dropped the doubles point and lost the first three singles matches in straight sets to Tulsa (15-12), the 42nd-ranked team in the nation.
"I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they performed this year," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We weren't sure what kind of season to expect with such a young group, but they surpassed our initial expectations and kept developing throughout the year to finish strong and get to the tournament final."
Tulsa opened the match by quickly taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.
"Doubles was a bit of scare for us today," Booras added. "We came out a bit unsure, not having been in this situation before, and played kind of poorly. We responded well in singles and we played pretty solid, and had a few points within our grasp, but just came up a little short. We had four or five set points and I think if we could've got one of those it would have changed the landscape of the remaining matches by making us even in the remainder of the matches at that point."
The Golden Hurricane claimed straight set wins in singles on courts two, four and five. The, 7-6, 6-3, victory by Or Ram-Harel over Ian Van Cott on court five clinched the championship for Tulsa.
Koepfer and Chi-Shan were both tied 1-1 and playing in the third set when the match was clinched.
"We came up just a bit shy of our goals this year but we have a lot of hunger now knowing what is possible in the future," Booras said.