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Men's Tennis Team Falls to Tulane 5-2

Vasco Valverde

Feb. 17, 2013


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team had its four-match winning streak snapped when the Golden Eagles dropped a 5-2 decision to Tulane Sunday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.

Southern Miss drops to 7-3 on the season while Tulane improved to 3-2.

Tulane earned the doubles' point after taking two of the three matches. Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott (TLN) defeated Inaki Belloso and Vasco Valverde, 8-2 on court 2. Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer (TLN) downed Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin at No. 1 by a score of 8-4. Joe Young and Ian Van Cott held a 5-4 lead on court 3 over Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar before the match was suspended.

Tulane then won four of the six singles' matches as Koepfer defeated Benjamin Feldmann, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles followed by Idan Mark defeating Goodwin on court 2 by a score of 6-4, 6-3. The Green Wave clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belloso on court 5.

Southern Miss earned its first point on court six when Valverde defeated Van Cott (TLN), 6-2, 7-5. Alvarado followed with a win at No. 4 singled over Rappaccioli when he battled back from a set down for the 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-3) victory.

Young closed out the match with a 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7) win at No. 1 over Frost.

Southern Miss is back in action when the Golden Eagles travel to Alabama on Feb. 23 for a 3 p.m. match.

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