Oct. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane's men's tennis team collected 10 singles wins and five doubles victories, including Shaye Wali, Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Iain Sneddon reaching the singles semifinals of their respective draws and the duo of Idan Mark and Joe Young reaching the semifinals in the doubles draw, over this past weekend at the Alabama Crimson Tide played at the Alabama Tennis Stadium and the Alabama Rec Courts.
Wali collected a 2-1 record in the Stallings Singles Draw and reached the semifinals before falling to Alabama's Carlos Taborga, 6-2, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon. Rappaccioli also posted a 2-1 mark in singles and reached to the semifinals of the Stabler Draw before bowing out to Virginia Tech's Marko Lovrinovic, 6-1, 7-6, on Saturday. Sneddon reached the semifinals in the Hannah Draw, but fell to Davidson's Nicky Kunz, 6-4, 6-3, on Saturday.
The Green Wave doubles team of Mark and Young advanced to the semifinals of the Crimson Double Draw, but were edged, 9-8, by the Alabama tandem of Jarryd Botha and Rens van der Vis on Sunday morning.
Mark, the top seed in the tournament in singles and the 50th-ranked player in the nation, earned an opening round victory in the Bryant Draw before falling to Lucas Oliveira of Virginia Tech, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Tulane will return to the courts in January when the spring season begins at Texas Tech on the 20th in a dual match.