Nov. 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane's men's tennis picked up nine wins, five doubles and four singles, on the opening day of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Mark and Koepfer, playing together for the first time, defeated Samford's Zac Dunkle and Alex Sajonz, 8-1, in the opening round and then upended Jarryd Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey of host Alabama, 8-5, to advance to the title match. The Tulane duo will face Auburn's Andreas Mies and Lukas Ollert.
Tulane also picked up a pair of wins on the consolation side in doubles. Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi teamed up to defeat West Alabama's Nestor Vargas and Simon Bardell, 8-5, in the Ray Perkins Draw. The duo will face Alabama's Philippe Tsangarides and Harris Barnard in the consolation final on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Alex Van Cott and Rodrigo Rappaccioli combined to also earn a spot in a consolation championship with an 8-2 win over Furman's Jacob Behal and Richard Casagrande in the Nick Saban Draw. The Green Wave pair will battle Samford's Elliott Barnwell and Fares Kilani at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
In singles, Mark secured a win in the opening round of the Bear Bryant Draw. The senior defeated Middle Tennessee State's Ettore Zito, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to advance onto the second round. He will face No. 59 Danill Proskura of Alabama in the second round on Saturday morning.
Koepfer and Rappaccioli each won the first round in the Nick Saban Draw. Koepfer, a freshman, got past Furman's Tyler Droll, 6-2, 6-4, while Rappaccioli, a senior, defeated Alabama's David Vieyra, 6-1, 6-1. Koepfer will face UAB's Rafael Rondino on Saturday in the second round and Rappaccioli will draw Southern Miss' Andrew Goodwin.
Cedric Rutsaert also earned an opening round win. The sophomore got past Samford's Garrison Laduca, 7-5, 6-0, in the Ray Perkins Draw and will face Alabama's Harris Barnard in Saturday's second round.