Head coach Mark Booras
March 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 66th-ranked Tulane men's tennis team completes a mini two-match homestand on Saturday when they welcome South Alabama to the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center for a dual match at 1 p.m. CT.
The Green Wave (10-4) is looking to bounce back after suffering a 4-0 setback to the hands of No. 60 George Washington at home on Wednesday afternoon. Prior to that loss, Tulane had won four of five matches, including a 4-1 victory over South Alabama (11-5) in the championship match of the H-E-B Tournament of Champions in Corpus Christi, Texas.
"South Alabama is a very solid team and there are many positives and challenges in having to play a team twice in one season," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We know their strengths and weaknesses having played them, but in turn they know ours as well. It took everything we had to beat them last time so we will have to play with the same focus this go around. We are excited to have them on our home courts."
The Jaguars are coming off a 502 win at home over Illinois State and are led by Daniel Leitner with a 11-2 singles mark on court one.
Tulane is led by sophomores Dominik Koepfer and Ian Van Cott. Koepfer is 12-1 overall in singles this spring and is 11-1 on court one, while Van Cott is 11-2 overall with six wins on court five and five wins on court six.
Koepfer is also paired with freshman Jao Chi-Shan in doubles and the duo, ranked 37th in the nation, owns an 11-2 record.
The Tulane athletics department is offering tailgating for all weekend tennis matches at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center beginning 30 minutes before each match. The tailgating will feature free hotdogs and refreshments.
The Green Wave hit the road after Saturday for the two-day Rice Invitational next weekend in Houston. Tulane will have Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and then battle host Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.