No. 73 Men's Tennis Hosts Nicholls State on Friday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Sophomore Ian Van Cott leads Tulane with seven straight singles wins</b>
Sophomore Ian Van Cott leads Tulane with seven straight singles wins

Feb. 6, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - The 73rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team looks to rebound from its first loss of the spring on Friday when they host Nicholls State at 3 p.m. CT at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.

The Green Wave (3-1) were edged by No. 67 Wisconsin, 4-3, on the road last weekend for the first loss of the dual match season.

Nicholls State (1-2) is coming off a 6-1 loss at No. 9 Texas A&M last weekend that followed a 6-3 victory over Xavier of New Orleans at home.

"Nicholls State always has a solid team and we know we will have to bring our best against them," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We are looking forward to the challenge and want to build on the loss at Wisconsin. We took a lot away from that match and need to apply it on Friday and going forward."

Tulane's youthful team is led by a trio of sophomores. Dominik Koepfer and Alex and Ian Van Cott are each 4-0 this season in singles. Koepfer is 3-0 on court one, while Alex is 3-0 on court five and twin brother Ian is 3-0 on court six. Dating back to the fall tournament season, Ian has won eight straight singles matches, while Alex is riding a five-match winning streak.

Tulane will host North Florida at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.

The Tulane athletics department is offering tailgating for all weekend tennis matches at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center beginning 30 minutes before each match. The tailgating will feature free hotdogs and refreshments.