Head coach Mark Booras
April 17, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The 67st-ranked Tulane men's tennis team opens the 2014 Conference USA Championships as the No. 2 seed with a first-round bye and will take to Tulsa's Case Tennis Center counts on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT.
The Green Wave (13-8, 3-2 C-USA) will battle No. 7 seed UAB after the Blazers defeated 10th-seeded UTSA , 4-2, on Thursday morning.
"The guys are really looking forward to getting this tournament started," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "As you know this is what we train hard for all year so there's a lot of energy buzzing around the team."
Tulane is led into the postseason by sophomore Dominik Koepfer with a 15-5 dual match singles record with a 14-5 mark on court one. Fellow sophomore Ian Van Cott owns a 14-4 singles record, while freshman Jao Chi-Shan is 14-5 with an 11-1 record on court four.
Koepfer and Chi-Shan have also teamed together to post a 15-5 doubles record and are ranked 47th in the nation.
Tulane, playing in its final C-USA Championship, fell, 4-3, in the only meeting against UAB during the regular season back on Feb. 15 in Birmingham.
"Having played our opponent earlier in the year we know their personnel and what they can bring to the table," Booras said. "We all need to step up and do our jobs to give ourselves the chance to be successful."
In addition to Tulane's first round bye, top seeded Tulsa, No. 3 seed East Carolina and fourth-seeded Middle Tennessee also won't play until Friday.
"The tournament is very deep this year, even more so than last year," Booras added. "In tournament play we know that anything can happen out there and the guys are prepared physically and mentally to go into battle."
The winner of the Tulane/UAB winner will face East Carolina/Charlotte/FAU winner on Saturday at Noon CT in the semifinals. The championship match will be played at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday.