Sept. 21, 2013
HOUSTON -The Tulane men's tennis team was once again led by its youngest members as sophomore Dominik Koepfer and freshmen Jao Chi-Shan and Sebastian Rey all advanced to their respective flight finals in singles on the second day of the Rice Invitational at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
"It's great to have three guys in the finals of the various singles draws," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "This is a very strong tournament with four teams that have been in the top 50 last year so there are no weak draws."
Koepfer reached the finals of Flight A singles with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, victory over Rice's Adam Gustafsson, the 108th ranked player in the nation. Koepfer, the No. 112th ranked singles player, will face Texas Tech's Felipe Soares in Sunday morning's final.
"Dominik has had two quality wins so far, one over ranked opponent, who he lost to last year at this tournament," Booras added.
Tulane's freshman pair of Rey and Chi-Shan will face each other in the Flight C singles final. Rey got past David Warren of Rice, 6-5, 6-3, on Saturday to advance, while Chi-Shan defeated Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau, 6-1, 6-2, to move on.
"Our two freshmen have shown a lot of ability so far to reach the finals of their draw as well," Booras said. "It's nice to see them get some quality wins under their belts in their first tournament."
Senior Takuma Ohashi and junior Iain Sneddon also each recorded victories in their Flight D matches on Saturday. Ohashi defeated Rice's Lef Berger, 6-2, 6-1, and Sneddon upended Carlos Di Laura of Texas Tech, 6-4, 6-1.