March 18, 2010
HOUSTON - The Tulane men's tennis team, coming off a tough loss to UTSA on Tuesday, will open Conference USA play on Friday when they visit Rice for a noon CDT dual match at Jake Hess Stadium.
The Green Wave (3-5) will also face Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday at 9 a.m. and N.C. State on Sunday at 9 a.m., both dual matches will be at Jake Hess Stadium.
"We are grateful to be invited to the Rice Invitational this spring," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "It is a chance to play three great teams in a row and help us mature as a team. We will get to see what we are made of."
Rice (6-8) is ranked No. 48 in the nation, but is in the midst of a four-match losing streak and has not won since a 6-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on March 1. All four the Owls losses in the streak came to ranked opponents, including a 4-3 loss to No. 15 California on March 14.
Bruno Rosa, the 34th ranked individual player in the nation, leads the Owls with a 6-7 dual match singles record at the No. 1 spot. The duo of Michael Nusslein and Christian Saravia, the 45th ranked doubles team, are 3-5 this season.
"Rice has been a top 25 team for the past seven years and it is our first conference match as well," Booras added. "The guys are really excited to get conference play underway. We feel like we got a lot of experience under our belts the first couple months of the season and are ready to see where we stand. Rice is really deep team this year so it will be a good challenge for us."
Tulane dropped its last match, 4-3, to UTSA on Tuesday, but defeated Lamar 5-2 last week.
Joe Young leads Tulane with a 6-3 singles record, including a 5-1 record playing on court 2. The duo of Adam Bernstein and Rodrigo Rappaccioli are 6-2 in doubles this season, with a 5-1 mark on court 2.
N.C. State, the 40th ranked team in the nation, is 10-3 in the spring, but dropped a 6-1 match to No. 30 North Carolina on Monday.
"Texas A&M Corpus Christi is an NCAA Tournament caliber program," Booras added. "It is going to be a real challenge for us and a great opportunity for us to have to come back after a tough match against Rice. N.C. State was a NCAA finalist a couple years ago and