Tulane Men’s Tennis falls in first round of NCAA Tournament

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Tulane men’s tennis team’s 2019 campaign came to an end in a 4-1 defeat to South Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the campus of Mississippi State University.

“I am happy we made it here, but no one on our team is happy with how we finished,” head coach and director of tennis Mark Booras said. “We did a ton to turn around our season. After being in a very, very tough place, it shows the character of my guys that they wanted to do this so bad. There are a just few things we need to change on the inside to have some more consistency so that some of those 4-3’s this year go in our direction.”

The No. 3 seed in the regional, South Alabama (19-6) took early control in doubles with a convincing 6-1 win in the No. 3 spot, but Tulane’s (14-13) No. 2 tandem of Akos Kotorman and Hamish Stewart pushed its winning streak to seven in a row with a 6-2 win to even things up. The Jaguars would clinch the first point however with a 6-3 triumph on court one to take a 1-0 lead into singles.

“We started a little slow in doubles and did not bring the intensity we needed,” Booras said. “Sometimes, that is just the key to the doubles point. It’s just owning that intensity. You have to make first serves and returns, but you have to be able to step up and bring the intensity.”

The second-seeded Green Wave struck first in singles and tied up the overall match, 1-1, when Stewart cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Clement Marzol. The Jaguars remained in control however, scoring four first-set wins on courts one, four, five and six, respectively.

South Alabama broke the tie with a straight-set win at the No. 6 spot, before holding on for a three-set victory at No. 6 to increase the lead to 3-1. Despite the Green Wave fighting through third sets on courts one and two, respectively, the Jaguars were able to clinch with a straight-set victory on court four.

South Alabama 4, #40 Tulane 1

Singles competition
1. #65 Ewan Moore (TU) vs. Sacha Modica (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
2. #101 Luis Erlenbusch (TU) vs. Loic Cloes (USA) 7-5, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
3. Hamish Stewart (TU) def. Clement Marzol (USA) 6-2, 6-0
4. Samuel Serrano (USA) def. Dane Esses (TU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Maxime Lapraille (USA) def. Tyler Schick (TU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
6. Louis Delcour (USA) def. Tim Ruetzel (TU) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol (USA) def. Ewan Moore/Tyler Schick (TU) 6-3
2. Akos Kotorman/Hamish Stewart (TU) def. Sacha Modica/Samuel Serrano (USA) 6-2
3. Louis Delcour/Maxime Lapraille (USA) def. Luis Erlenbusch/Dane Esses (TU) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4)

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