March 22, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After a heartbreaking loss that capped last weekend's Rice Invitational, the Tulane men's tennis team looks to get back on track Friday when they host Conference USA foe SMU at 1 p.m. CT in the Goldring Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (8-6, 2-2 C-USA) dropped the final two matches last weekend, a 4-0 loss to then No. 34 Memphis, and a 4-3 heartbreaking defeat to then No. 64 Rice.
SMU (7-6, 1-0 C-USA) had a three match winning streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to Drake on Wednesday.
"SMU has been a solid program for many years and I know Carl (Neufeld) is going to have them ready to go against us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras. "We will need to rebound from 2 tough and close conference losses last weekend if we want to continue to put ourselves in a position to reach our goals this year."
Rodrigo Rappaccioli leads Tulane this spring with seven singles victories, including three straight. Idan Mark has six wins with four on court one. Mark has also teamed with Joe Young to post a 9-5 doubles record with six straight wins.
"I like the way our guys are responding after our last couple of matches," Booras added. "So I think we have some good confidence going into tomorrow's match."
The Mustangs are led by Arturs Kazijevs with an 8-2 singles record, including a 6-1 mark on court three. Gaston Cuadranti also has eight singles wins on court one. Kazijevs has paired with Tobias Flood to post a 6-1 doubles record with five straight wins on court two.
Tulane will continue the homestand when they face Nicholls State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT before travelling to Birmingham for a pair of C-USA matches next weekend against UAB and East Carolina.