April 8, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 61st-ranked Tulane men's tennis looks closes out the home portion of the regular season on Wednesday when they host in-state foe and 57th-ranked LSU at 3 p.m. CT at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (13-6, 3-2 C-USA) have not played since completing a Conference USA sweep on March 29 and 30 with 5-2 wins over both UTSA and Southern Miss both at home.
LSU (11-12, 2-9 SEC) enters Wednesday's match on a three-match losing streak, all against top 20 teams, including a 4-0 loss at No. 8 Georgia on Sunday.
"This is a huge match for us," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "LSU has a very solid team as usual and our guys are playing well so we are excited about the opportunity to have them on home soil. Hopefully we will have a big crowd out there to cheer us on and help lead us to victory."
The Tulane is led by the 36th-ranked doubles team of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan with a 15-3 dual match record with three straight wins. Koepfer also leads the Green Wave in singles with a 15-3 mark, while Chi-Shan is 14-4 and has won five straight matches. Ian Van Cott also owns a 14-4 singles record.
LSU is led by a pair of ranked doubles teams with the duo of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias at 33rd and the team of Tam Trinh and Eric Perez at 63rd. Simpson is also ranked 81st in singles.
Prior to the match, Tulane will honor the program's lone senior Takuma Ohashi with a brief ceremony.
"Takuma has really led this program in many different ways during his four years," Booras said. "He always gives 100 percent on the court in matches and at practice and he leads the team in GPA. He's an all-around leader that does things the right way. This is a bitter sweet moment for us because he has been a great influence on our team."
The Green Wave will conclude the regular season on Friday with a trip to Tuscaloosa to face No. 33 Alabama in a match that was added to the schedule.