Men’s tennis beats No. 20 Tulsa, boasts highest-ranked win since Hurricane Katrina

The American Athletic Conference named junior Dominik Koepfer as its Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Tuesday. Koepfer is ranked No. 12 in the country in singles and helped the Green Wave beat No. 20 Tulsa 4-3 Saturday.

Mackenna Barker, Associate Sports Editor

Tulane men’s tennis (15-6, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) junior Dominik Koepfer beat Tulsa’s Or Ram-Harel to clinch a win for the Wave in its final match of the regular season against conference opponent No. 20 Tulsa.

Koepfer took the first set 7-6(3), but Ram-Harel responded with a 6-3 second set win. Koepfer responded with a 6-1 win to clinch the set and the team match.

Though Tulane dropped the doubles point, its powerful performances in the singles, with wins from Koepfer, sophomore Chi-Shan Jao, sophomore Sebastian Rey and junior Alex Van Cott propelled the Wave to its narrow win against Tulsa.

The win against Tulsa is particularly momentous because it marks the highest ranked win Tulane has achieved since Hurricane Katrina.

“To get a top-20 road win against a conference rival really shows how hard these guys have worked and continued believing in the process,” head coach Mark Booras said. “We’ve pushed them hard after each loss this year, and they’ve responded positively to the challenges each time. We’re still putting some pieces of the puzzle together, but it’s nice to see them reap some fruits of their labors today against a top program.”

The AAC named Koepfer the Men’s Tennis Athlete of the week for his performance. Koepfer is 4-2 against top-100 ranked opponents and concluded the 2014-15 regular season with a 14-3 dual record.

Saturday’s win against Tulsa also helped Tulane jump up 15 positions in the ITA poll to a No. 39 national ranking, the highest the Green Wave has ranked in its eight years coached by Booras.

Tulane will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma April 16 to compete in the AAC Championships.