April 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - It will be an emotional afternoon at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center on Sunday when the 61st-ranked Tulane men's tennis team hosts No. 72 Rice at 1 p.m. CT in a Conference USA dual match as six seniors will be honored prior to the final home match of the season.
The six members of the team were the first class of head coach Mark Booras that restarted the men's tennis program after it was suspended following hurricane Katrina.
"We're thankful for the chance these SIX seniors took to come to Tulane four years ago and restart our team from scratch," Booras said. "They are true pioneers whose efforts have set the foundation for our current and future successes. All six of these student-athletes have positively impacted our team athletically and academically and truly embody what it means to be a great ambassador for Tulane University.
"I am really going to miss these guys when they are gone," Booras added. "I'm thankful for the relationships that have been built with each one of them and am confident they will be successful in whatever they endeavor. We've had four years full of great memories which I will always cherish."
Tulane will face Rice (9-11, 0-1 C-USA) in the match. The Owls snapped a three match losing streak with a 6-0 victory at home over UTSA on Thursday.
The Green Wave have won seven of its last nine matches overall and are 8-1 at home this season.
Freshman Dominik Koepfer leads Tulane with a 16-2 dual match record, while he has teamed with Mark for a 13-2 doubles record, including nine straight wins.
Tulane will close out the regular season at Tulsa on Saturday in a noon CT match.