Feb. 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The 73rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team begins a long stretch away from home this weekend when they visit UAB at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday and No. 69 Samford at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday for dual matches.
The Green Wave (5-1) are a perfect 5-0 at home this season, but have dropped the only match on the road, 4-3, at Wisconsin two weeks ago. Tulane is coming off a pair of wins last weekend, including a 5-2 win against North Florida on Sunday.
UAB, a Conference USA opponent for Tulane, is 2-3 this season and fell to conference foe Charlotte, 5-0, last Sunday. The Blazers and Green Wave will square off at the Lakewood Tennis Center.
Samford (1-3) has lost three straight matches and hosts UTSA on Friday. The Bulldogs will face Tulane at the Samford Tennis Center.
"These two matches will be a big test for us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Both UAB and Samford have solid programs and have the advantage of playing at home. We have been playing well at home and will have to remain focused for the entirety of both matches this weekend."
Tulane is led into the weekend by a trio of sophomores that have not lost in singles this spring. Dominik Koepfer, Ian Van Cott and Alex Van Cott are each 6-0 this spring. Koepfer is 5-0 on court one, while the Van Cott twins are both 3-0 in courts five and six.
The Green Wave have also claimed the doubles point in five of the six matches this spring and are led by duo of Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan who are 5-1.
Tulane will continue the six-match road swing when they travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the two-match HEB Invitational on Feb. 28.