Men’s tennis takes down Rice, USF


Photo courtesy Parker Waters

Tulane men’s tennis celebrates the conclusion of its regular season after a 6-1 win over USF. The team will begin its postseason by taking part in the American Conference Championships beginning April 19.

Last weekend, Tulane men’s tennis met a phenomenal end to its impressive regular season, with two huge home wins over Rice University and the University of Southern Florida. The Green Wave is currently ranked second in the American Athletic Conference, with the AAC Championship quickly approaching.

To kick off the weekend, Tulane hosted Rice (9-14) on Saturday, a team the Green Wave had defeated in its last two matchups. Tulane easily replicated this success, crushing the Owls 6-1 in its third straight win.

After dominating doubles, the Green Wave made quick work of singles, winning the first set of all six contests before ultimately dropping only one match at the No. 2 spot. With an impressive 6-2, 6-2, triumph, Tulane senior and AAC Conference Player of the Week Constantin Schmitz recorded his eighth consecutive win. Schmitz is currently ranked No. 11 nationally.

The Green Wave had momentum on its side coming into Sunday’s Senior Day matchup against four-time reigning conference champion USF (7-15). Despite having never before defeated the Bulls, Tulane once again soundly conquered its opponent with yet another 6-1 victory.

By securing a 4-3 advantage midway through all three doubles matchups, the Green Wave notched two difficult wins, with Schmitz and sophomore Ewan Moore recording their eighth consecutive win. After the team won five of its first six sets in singles and later claimed a 3-1 advantage in the overall match, Schmitz had the opportunity to clinch the Green Wave’s win. In securing the 99th singles win of his four year career, the senior decisively took the second set, 6-3.

Having now won nine of its last 10 matchups, the Green Wave is in a comfortable position and is confidently heading into the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships. The tournament will be held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, on April 19-22, with seeding being announced later this week.

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