March 28, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 63rd-ranked Tulane men's tennis team looks to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of Conference USA foes when Southern Miss and UTSA visit the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center for 1 p.m. CT matches on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Green Wave 11-6, 1-2 C-USA) are coming off a pair of 4-3 losses last weekend in Houston. Tulane fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday and then fell to host Rice on Sunday.
Southern Miss (9-8, 0-1 C-USA) has won three of the four matches, including a 6-1 victory over Florida A&M in Tallahassee last Sunday.
UTSA (8-11, 0-4 C-USA) has won two of the last three outings, but fell to Lamar, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon in Beaumont, Texas.
"This is a great weekend for us with two huge conference matches," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We are in a place right now where we are trying to put a stop to this slide we are on. We know both Southern Miss and UTSA both have teams that compete at extremely high levels so we know that we are going to have to be at our best for a positive outcome."
Tulane is led by the 39th-ranked doubles team of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan. The duo owns a 13-3 dual match record and has helped the Green Wave take 11 doubles points this spring. Koepfer also leads the Green Wave in singles action. The sophomore is 13-3 in dual matches, while fellow sophomore Alex Van Cott and freshman Chi-Shan are both 12-4 this spring.
Tulane will close out the regular season with two more home matches. The Green Wave will host Louisiana-Lafayette on April 6 at 1 p.m. CT and then LSU on April 9 at 3 p.m. CT.