Men's Tennis Falls 5-2 to No. 63 Tulane
Valverde and Huang pick up singles wins for the Golden Eagles.
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team (9-9, 0-2) fell 5-2 to No. 63 Tulane (12-6, 2-2) Saturday at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
"The doubles match was close with a few crucial points deciding the outcome," Coach Zubin Engineer said. "In singles Vasco Valverde and Chao Yu Huang pulled off two good wins in singles. We could not find the consistency in different areas to win the tie. The team will continue to work hard and focus on the next match."
The Green Wave won at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to take the first point of the match. Southern Miss Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar fell to No. 39 Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan 8-3 at the top seed. Chao-Yu Huang and Vasco Valverde lost 8-6 to Sebastian Rey and Takuma Ohashi at No. 2. Alex Doleac and Grigory Trotsenko was trailing Alex Van Cott and Ian Van Cott on court three 6-5 before the match was called.
In singles action, Tulane's Ian Van Cott defeated Trotsenko 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6. Koepfer added to the Green Wave lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Alvarado at No. 1.
At No. 5, Huang put the Golden Eagles on the board with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alex Van Cott. Tulane's Rey clinched the match at the two-spot, defeating Doleac 7-5, 6-1. Escobar fell to Chi-Shan on court four 6-4, 6-1. The match finished on court three where Valverde claimed a 3-6, 7-6, 10-3 victory over Ohashi.
The Golden Eagles return to action on April 4 when Southern Miss hosts Alcorn State at 2 p.m.