Senior Idan Mark
April 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After completing its best regular season since 2005, the Tulane men's tennis team enters this week's Conference USA Championships at the No. 3 seed and will open against sixth-seeded Rice in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2 p.m. CT at the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center on the University of Memphis' campus.
The Green Wave (12-7, 3-2 C-USA) enters the tournament as the 62nd-ranked team in the nation, while Rice (10-13, 0-3 C-USA) enters ranked 72nd.
"It is nice to see the progression of our program," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We have consistently improved our seeding each of the four seasons and our excited about our opportunity at this year's championships."
The match with Rice is a rematch of the 4-3 Tulane victory on April 7 at City Park in New Orleans. The Green Wave won the doubles point against the Owls and seniors Idan Mark and Joe Young and freshman Alex Van Cott each earned singles victories.
"Rice is a very strong team," Booras said. "Having just played them a week ago it gives us some confidence, but we know they will be ready for the rematch."
Koepfer and Mark have also paired up in doubles to post a 13-3 record, while Ian Van Cott and Young are 10-3.
The tournament opens on Thursday with ninth-seeded East Carolina taking on No. 8 seed UCF at 2 p.m. CT for the right to advance and battle top-seeded Tulsa in Friday's quarterfinal round. Fifth-seeded Old Dominion will face No. 4 seed SMU, No. 7 UAB will take on second-seeded Memphis and Tulane will play Rice to round out the quarterfinals.
"There is a lot of depth of the conference with six ranked teams" Booras added. "Depth creates a lot of challenges no matter what the seeding, but we look forward to the challenge and hope for some success this weekend."
The winners of Friday's matches will play at noon on Saturday in the semifinals. The championship match is set for Sunday at noon.
2013 C-USA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
DUNAVANT-WELLFORD TENNIS CENTER / MEMPHIS, TENN.
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, April 18
Match 1: (9) East Carolina vs. (8) UCF - 2 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 19
Match 2: winner of Match 1 vs. (1) Tulsa - 10 a.m.
Match 3: (5) Old Dominion vs. (4) SMU - 10 a.m.
Match 4: (7) UAB vs. (2) Memphis - 2 p.m.
Match 5: (6) Rice vs. (3) Tulane - 2 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 20
Match 6: winner of Match 2 vs. winner of Match 3 - 12 p.m.
Match 7: winner of Match 4 vs. winner of Match 5 - 12 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 21
Match 8: winner of Match 6 vs. winner of Match 7 - 12 p.m.