Nov. 3, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane's men's tennis picked up a pair consolation doubles titles as part of 12 wins on the second day of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium.
"Very pleased with the way the guys came back and had a really big day today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "They stepped up to the challenge. It is nice to see how well we are competing against some tough teams from the SEC and other conferences. We have another big day tomorrow to finish the fall strong."
Overall, the Green Wave won three doubles matches and nine singles matches on Saturday, including the duos of Alex Van Cott and Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi each winning the consolation championship in their respective flights.
Alex Van Cott and Rappaccioli defeated Samford's Elliott Barnwell and Fares Kilani, 8-6, to claim the Nick Saban Draw consolation, while Ian Van Cott and Ohashi got past Alabama's Philippe Tsangarides and Harris Barnard, 8-5, to claim the consolation of the Ray Perkins Draw.
On the singles side, Mark, Young and Bernstein all recorded second-round wins in the Bear Bryant Draw. Mark reached the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-1, victory over Alabama's Daniil Proskura, the 59th-ranked player in the nation. Young and Bernstein each collected consolation wins. Young defeated Furman's Robbie Aru, 6-0, 6-3, while Bernstein upended Adam Drysdale of West Alabama, 6-0, 6-3.
Koepfer reached the semifinals of the Nick Saban Draw with a 6-4, 6-4, victory over UAB's Rafael Rondino.
Alex Van Cott advanced to the consolation final of the Gene Stallings Draw with a pair of wins on Saturday. The freshman defeated Paulo Alvarado of Southern Miss, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, and then upended Furman's Sven Ivankovic, 6-1, 6-0. Van Cott will face Vasco Valverde of Southern Miss in the consolation title match on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Ian Van Cott reached the consolation semifinal of the same draw as his twin with a, 6-4, 6-3, victory over Middle Tennessee State's Marlon Brand.