Men’s tennis defeats LSU Tigers for second consecutive year

Adding another win to its season, the Tulane men’s tennis team took down LSU 4-2 Thursday. Tulane beat LSU for the second year in a row, this time on home court.

“We knew this year they were going to come out and try and get some revenge,” senior Sebastian Rey said. “But we really wanted to get the win, especially at their place. Tulane hasn’t won there for about 40 years, so it’s been a long wait for us, and we were really happy to get the job done.”

The Green Wave came out on top in singles but was not as successful in doubles competition.

“We still need to keep on improving our doubles,” head coach Mark Booras said. “We’re just not playing as consistent in that area and that’s something our guys need to come out and take ownership of.”

After a rocky start with doubles, the team rallied during singles competition, giving Tulane its seventh victory this season.

“I think our strongest point was how we came together as a team,” Booras said. “They really did a good job keeping it together under pressure and when we were down.”

Junior Constantin Schmitz, sophomore Tyler Schick and freshmen Ewan Moore and Tim Reutzel all defeated their singles opponents. Schick came back from a loss in the first set, winning the last two sets 7-5 and 6-0. Schmitz defeated a No. 94 ranked opponent in a quick two sets, and Moore and Reutzel knocked off their competition in two sets as well.

“I was real pleased with [Schmitz] in how he got the first point on the board against a guy who has given us a lot of problems over the last three years,” Booras said. “And then to see two of our freshmen step up in a tough environment, and Tyler Schick being able to turn his match around.”

Next, men’s tennis will travel to Mississippi State and has a lot of playing ahead before the conference championships and the NCAA tournament.

“We’ve got a great couple of matches coming up with South Florida, Memphis, Tulsa, SMU and Rice,” Rey said. “So those will be great opportunities for us to get some more wins, move up the rankings and progress.”

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