Feb. 27, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Tulane men's tennis team has earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend's 48th annual eight-team H-E-B Tournament of Champions and will open the two-day event with a dual match against UTSA on Friday at 9 a.m. CT at the H-E-B Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"This is a very strong long stand event that we are very fortunate to be invited to play in," Tulane head coach Mark Booras. "There are eight solid teams and that means we will get three guaranteed tough matches. The tournament format is good for us because it gets us ready for the rest of the season and the conference tournament."
The Green Wave (6-2) has not played since a convincing 6-1 victory at then-No. 69 Samford on Feb. 16. UTSA (3-7) is looking to snap a four-match losing streak after dropping all three on last weekend's road trip to the East Coast.
"We start out with UTSA and it will be a great battle after our guys have had almost two weeks off to get healthy again," Booras added. "We are excited about this opportunity to go play a tough tournament and start a long road trip."
Tulane will face either SMU or Western Michigan in the second match on Friday at 4 p.m. CT. Saturday's match is slated for Noon CT.
Louisiana-Lafayette is the top seed and will open against DePaul, while host TAMU-CC with take on South Alabama to complete the other side of the bracket.
The Green Wave are led into the weekend by a pair of undefeated sophomores with Dominik Koepfer and Alex Van Cott each owning an 8-0 mark in singles. Koepfer is 7-0 on court one and 1-0 on court two, while Van Cott is 5-0 on court six and 3-0 on court five.
Tulane has also enjoyed success in doubles this spring and have claimed the doubles point in six matches this season. The duo of Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan leads the way with a 7-1 record.