Dominik Koepfer is ranked 112th in singles
Oct. 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane men's tennis doubles teams of Alex Van Cott and Sebastian Rey, Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan, and Ian Van Cott and Iain Sneddon all advanced on the second day of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Tournament at the University of Alabama's Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.
The Green Wave tandem of Alex Van Cott and Sebastian Rey defeated UL-Lafayette's Jake Wynan and Jarred Wynan, 8-6, in the opening round of doubles. Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan edged Austin Akers and Fares Kilani of Samford, 8-6, while Ian Van Cott and Iain Sneddon got past Christoffer Applegren and Gonzalo Garcia of UNO, 8-4.
"Doubles was a huge improvement from our last tournament in Houston," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "The guys came out today and played with a purpose on each point, which helped them dictate how they wanted the rhythm of the match to go. I was very pleased with their results today and look forward to keeping it rolling tomorrow."
The three teams will play in the round of 32 on Saturday.
"We had some great matches in singles as well," Booras added. "Dominik picked up a solid win over LSU and Iain Sneddon bounced back nicely today to pick up a win."
Tulane's Koepfer, the 112th-ranked singles player in the nation, earned a straight sets win over LSU's Tam Trinh, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals, only to fall to No. 65 Ole Miss' William Kallberg, 6-4, 6-3.
"Dominik's second match was a very high level of tennis, but just came up a bit short in each set," Booras said. "Kallberg was like a freight train with his big serve and big forehand giving him so many free points, but Dominik stuck with him and kept on breaking back to keep himself in the match."
Sneddon and Rey each claimed consolation victories to keep their tournament alive. Sneddon defeated LSU's Eric Perez, 7-5, 4-6, 10-7, while Rey held a 6-2, 2-0 lead over Troy's Mansingh Athare before he retired.
Chi-Shan and Alex Van Cott each dropped their singles matches on Friday. Chi-Shan took the seventh-ranked singles player, Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, to three sets in the, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, loss.
"Jao had a tough task going up against one of the top players in the nation today, but showed us another level of his ability," Booras added. "He kept on fighting after a lopsided first set and being down a break in the second set as well to battle back and win to push him to a third set before falling. It's nice to see our freshman being able to compete at that level."
The loss was the first of Chi-Shan's collegiate career after claiming his first five matches of the fall.
Alex Van Cott fell, 7-6, 6-3, to Alabama's Stuart Kenyon on Friday.
"Alex put himself in a place to be victorious today and had some opportunities to win his first set today with some set points," Booras said. "It was good to see him step up his level physically and mentally to fight so tough against a real solid player."