Jan. 19, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras likes to see where his team stands with early season challenges and the opening dual match of the 2012 spring season is no exception as the Green Wave face No. 22 Texas Tech on Friday at 4 p.m. CT at the Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center.
The Green Wave, under the direction of Booras, in his third season as head coach, posted an 11-11 dual match record last spring and return all but two members of that squad.
Junior Idan Mark, the 76th ranked singles player in the nation, leads Tulane. He posted a 12-7 dual match record last spring and went 7-5 in tournament play this past Fall. Fellow juniors Joe Young and Rodrigo Rappaccioli also return. Young went 12-10 last spring, while Rappaccioli posted a 10-9 mark.
"I've been very pleased with the attitudes and work ethic for these first two weeks of practice," Booras said. "I think it will allow us to put ourselves in a great place to compete well this weekend.
"Texas Tech has been one of the top 25 programs for the last 10 years or so and always has a deep team. This will be a nice measuring stick for our team and our guys are eager to get back into the swing of things."
Texas Tech has the 23rd ranked singles player in the nation in Gonzalo Escobar, their No. 1 singles player.
Tulane will remain in Lubbock to take on Denver on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.