Men's Tennis Ranked For First Time Since 2005



Feb. 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - For the first time since the final poll of the 2005 spring season, the Tulane men's tennis team is ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The Green Wave (4-4, 1-0 C-USA) received an average of 4.29 points in the poll and sit above DePaul, Hawaii and Fairfield. Nicholls State is just ahead of Tulane with a 4.36 average.

"This is a tremendous honor for our guys and our University," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "I'm so happy for all of them. It's a testament to how hard they've worked and how much they have developed in their short time here at Tulane. This is a very big day for Tulane men's tennis."

The Tulane tennis programs were suspended following Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. The Green Wave was ranked 20th in the final spring poll of 2005 with 52.8 points.

The Green Wave has won four of the last six matches this spring with one loss at then No. 28 LSU. Tulane also fell to then No. 22 Texas A&M.

Idan Mark, ranked 108th in singles by the ITA, leads Tulane this spring with a 4-3 record, while Adam Bernstein, Takuma Ohashi, Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Shaye Wali each have three singles victories.

Bernstein and Ohashi have teamed up to post a 3-2 doubles record this spring as well, while the duo of Mark and Young also have three wins.

"Obviously, it is very early in the season and anything can happen from here on out," Booras added. "We need to stay focused on our team goals and the process that is necessary to continue improving throughout the year so we can realize those goals."

Tulane has played just once since the Feb. 12th victory over Conference USA foe UCF and begin a three-match homestand against C-USA rival Southern Miss on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at the Goldring Tennis Center. The Green Wave also hosts USC Upstate in a double header with the women on Sunday with matches at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT.