Men's Tennis Begins Homestand with USM



March 2, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - After playing just one match over the past two weeks, the Tulane men's tennis team begins a three-match homestand on Saturday when they welcome Conference USA rival Southern Miss to the Golding Tennis Center for a 1 p.m. CT match.

The Green Wave (4-4, 1-0 C-USA) received a No. 72 national ranking earlier this week but has not played since a 7-0 loss to then No. 28 LSU in Baton Rouge last Friday. Tulane has won two straight home contests, including a 4-0 victory over UCF back on Feb. 12.

"Our last outing was a tough one against LSU," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "So we will really need to come out this weekend and redeem ourselves and get ourselves back on track. We had a couple good wins before and got set back a little last weekend against a good team. We need to come out and do what we are capable of doing so we can get the job done."

Southern Miss (5-4, 0-0 C-USA) has lost two straight match, both on the road, including a 4-3 decision to Florida A&M on Feb. 20.

"Southern Miss had really built their team up well from last year and will be a real tough match for us," Booras added.

Idan Mark, ranked No. 111 in the nation, is 4-3 in singles this spring and has paired with Joe Young for three wins in doubles.

Andrew Goodwin leads USM with a 7-2 dual match record, including a 6-1 mark on court six.

Tulane will host USC Upstate on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT as the second half of a double header with the Green Wave women who also host USC Upstate at 10 a.m. CT in the Goldring Tennis Center.