Sept. 17, 2010
LAFAYETTE, La. - Five Tulane men's tennis players advanced into the semifinal round of their respective flights on Friday in the opening day of the Ragin' Cajun Invitational played the Cajun Courts Tennis Complex.
"I was really pleased with the way the guys competed in their first match back," second-year head coach Mark Booras said. "Usually the first match back is tough because they have not competed in a month or two. Getting back into the swing of things in competition can be very tough."
Sophomore Adam Bernstein and freshmen Takuma Ohashi and Holger Norregaard all advanced by winning a pair of matches on Friday morning, while Sophomores Joe Young and Coby Kramer-Golinkoff each reached the semifinals with one victory.
"I was especially pleased with Adam Bernstein," Booras added. "He was losing in both of his matches and in the first match came back and won in three sets and in the second match was down a set and two breaks and came back and defeated a very solid player in three sets. This was all done in 90 degree heat. Adam just waited it out and it finally started clicking for him and he was able to finish strong in both matches."
Bernstein, playing in Flight A, overcame a loss in the first set to defeat LSU's David Roberts, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and trailed one set and was down 3-0 in the second set before taking control for a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lamar's Rob Lee in the quarterfinal round.
Ohashi won his first collegiate match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, over Lamar's Diego Snyder and then out lasted Louisiana-Lafayette's Robert Voss, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of Flight B.
Norregaard, also playing in Flight B, won his first match in straight sets as well, defeating Paulo Alvarado of Southern Miss, 6-0, 6-3. The freshman then advanced into the semifinals because ULL's Oscar Pachon withdrew with cramps midway through the second set.
"Takuma and Holger did really well today in their first matches for Tulane," Booras said. "They both got two wins. Takuma really gritted it out in the heat with two really long matches and fought body cramps in the second match. He was able to stick it out and win a tight match in the third set after playing a total of about 6.5 hours in this heat over two matches. It showed me his attitude and how he competes and did not let the extreme conditions affect him."
Young, who received an opening round bye, advanced into the semifinals with a straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, victory over Lamar's Carlos Valdenebro in Flight B.
In Flight C, Kramer-Galinkoff reached the semifinals with a 6- 3, 6-4, victory over Ouachita Baptist's Ernesto Laborda. Junior Shaye Wali and sophomore Rodrigo Rappaccioli both fell in their opening singles matches of the tournament.
On the doubles side, both Tulane pairs in action on Friday advanced as the duo of Wali and Kramer-Golinkoff defeated Lamar's Horveth and Savkovic, 8-5, in Flight A. The freshman tandem on Ohashi and Norregaard defeated ULL's Hoar and Alban, 8-3, to advance in Flight B.
"It was a great day today for Tulane tennis and a great way to start the fall season," Booras concluded. "Our goal tomorrow is to come out tomorrow and build on this. It is another day and new opponents and keep on fighting and build on today."
Action on Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with the semifinals in each singles flight.