April 18, 2014
TULSA, Okla. ---- UAB captured the doubles point but came up on the short end in singles as No. 67-ranked and second-seeded Tulane defeated the Blazers, 4-1, here Friday at the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship.
The Blazers (13-9) won at No. 1 and 2 doubles to take a 1-0 lead on the Green Wave (14-8). Tulane came back with wins in straight sets at No. 2 and 3 singles, and then won key three-set matches at No. 1 and 6 to clinch the victory.
The remaining two singles matches -- at No. 4 and 5 -- were both close when they were halted.
Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell were impressive in their No. 1 doubles victory over Tulane's 47th-ranked tandem of Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-San, 8-2. The Blazers' Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney gave UAB its other doubles win as they edged Takuma Ohashi and Sebastian Rey, 8-7 (1).
In singles, Rey notched the first win for Tulane with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles over Rondino. Jao made it 2-1 Green Wave with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 3 over the Blazers' Stepan Vancurik.
Alex Van Cott rallied at No. 6 for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over UAB's Pinto to increase the Tulane lead to 3-1 before Koepfer sealed the win for his team with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 triumph at No. 1 singles over UAB's No. 87-ranked Chris Helliar.
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2014 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championships
No. 67 Tulane 4, UAB 1
No. 1 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. #47 Dominik Koepfer/Jao Chi-Shan (Tulane) 8-2
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Takuma Ohashi/Sebastian Rey (Tulane) 8-7 (7-1)
No. 3 - Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (Tulane) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) 8-3
No. 1 - Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. #87 Chris Helliar (UAB) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
No. 2 - Sebastian Rey (Tulane) def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 - Jao Chi-Shan (Tulane) def. Stepan Vancurik (UAB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Takuma Ohashi (Tulane) vs. Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 7-5, 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
No. 5 - Ian Van Cott (Tulane) vs. Mitchell Martell (UAB) 6-4, 6-6 (3-0), unfinished
No. 6 - Alex Van Cott (Tulane) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Records: UAB 13-9, Tulane 14-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,3,6,1)