Jan. 27, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After two tough road matches to open the spring season, the Tulane men's tennis team hosts a double-header on Saturday at the Goldring Tennis Center with Jacksonville State at 10 a.m. and Xavier (NO) at 2 p.m. CT.
The Green Wave (0-2) fell at No. 22 Texas Tech, 7-0, last Friday and dropped a 6-1 decision to Denver on Saturday.
Junior Idan Mark, ranked 76th in the nation in singles, earned Tulane's only point of the weekend. The Hod Hasharon, Israel, native defeated Denver's Yannick Weihs, 6-1, 6-4, in Saturday's dual match.
"Those first two matches last weekend were a great experience for us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We went into a really tough place to play against two top teams and that really set the tone for our year. It gave us a good idea on where we want to be and sets us up for the rest of the year. We had some really focused practices this week on what we are going to improve upon for this homestand."
Jacksonville State opens the spring season against the Green Wave before taking on Southern Miss on Sunday in Hattiesburg.
Xavier also opens the spring season on Saturday.
"We need to come out with our `A' game on Saturday against both Jacksonville State and Xavier," Booras added. "The guys are excited about it."
This weekend begins a five-match homestand for the Green Wave who hosts Florida A&M and Alcorn State next Friday in another double-header.