Feb. 25, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - For just the second time this spring the Tulane men's tennis team finds itself traveling for a dual match. This time the Green Wave visits No. 18 Ole Miss on Saturday at noon at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
The match, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. CST was moved up one hour for pending weather issues later Saturday afternoon.
Tulane (5-2, 0-1 C-USA) has won two of the last three matches, including a 7-0 victory over Jackson State last Sunday. The Green Wave fell at Mississippi State, 7-0, back on Feb. 12 in the only road match of the spring season.
"Playing a top team like Ole Miss on the road will be a good challenge for us and be a great experience," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "They have been one of the top collegiate programs for the last 15 years and have led the nation in attendance for the last couple of years so we'll get to experience the full effects of a top collegiate match."
This will be just the second home match for Ole Miss (3-2, 0-0 SEC). The Rebels opened the spring season with a 6-0 victory over Southern Miss on Jan. 22 at home. Since that match, Ole Miss has split four matches away from home, including a 4-3 victory against No. 35 Tulsa in Louisville, Ky., and a 4-1 win over No. 32 Mississippi State in Jackson. The losses came at No. 13 Louisville and at No. 4 Ohio State.
"Our guys have been gaining confidence through our first bunch of matches," Booras said. "We've had the opportunity to play a couple of other teams at this level so I think we have a better idea of what to expect from them coming out of the gate and will have a better idea of what is expected of us to be successful. I'm looking forward to good match on Saturday".
Tulane is led by Radu Ionescu and Joe Young with 6-1 singles records, while Idan Mark and Rodrigo Rappaccioli are both 5-2 in singles. The duo of Ionescu and Mark have posted a 5-1 record this spring, helping the Green Wave win four of six doubles points this season.