Oct. 18, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Four members of the Tulane men's tennis advanced to the third round with singles victories after the opening day of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Regional hosted by Auburn at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Freshman Dominik Koepfer led the Green Wave with a pair of victories on Thursday. The Furtwangen, Germany, native earned a first-round victory over Alabama's Carlos Taborga, 6-3, 6-2, and then defeated LSU's Tam Trinh, 6-4, 7-5, to advance onto Friday's third-round.
Seniors Idan Mark and Joe Young also each advanced on to Friday with victories. Both had a first-round bye, before securing second-round wins. Mark, the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament, defeated Johan Backstrom of Ole Miss, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Young got past Troy's Tommy Cundy, 6-1, 6-3.
Freshman Alex Van Cott also advanced after his opponent, LSU's Stefan Szacinski, retired. Van Cott was leading, 6-4, 1-1, at the time.
Senior Rodrigo Rappaccioli won his first-round match, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, over UAB's Lucas Dirbue, but fell in the second-round to third-seeded Olivier Borsos of LSU, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.
"We had a good first day of singles today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Getting four guys through to the 3rd round is a good step for us, but we are looking to keep this momentum going, and getting a good start in doubles tomorrow. I was especially pleased with the singles play of our newcomers Dominik Koepfer and Alex Van Cott who got big wins against some tough programs in our region."