No. 7 seed Green Wave face No. 2 seed Rice Friday at 5 p.m. at the Case Tennis Center
TULSA, Okla. â€“ Tulane, the seventh seed at the 2011 Conference USA Menâ€™s Tennis Championship, faces No. 2 Rice in the opening round Friday at 5 p.m. CDT at the University of Tulsaâ€™s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Green Wave (11-10, 2-6 C-USA) has won three straight matches, including a 7-0 victory over C-USA rival Southern Miss back on April 3. A 4-3 setback to UAB on April 2 was the lone loss for the Green Wave in over a month.
Rice (15-8, 4-1 C-USA) enters the championship having won two straight, but lost four in a row before a 5-2 victory over SMU last Saturday.
â€œRice has a lot of good wins this year and are a very experienced team, but more importantly weâ€™ve had a great season and learned a lot about ourselves and have improved a ton,â€ Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. â€œThe biggest factor is that our guys know the level that we can compete and we knew where we were a couple months ago against Rice. The guys know weâ€™ve stepped up from there and are excited about the opportunity to play them again.â€
Rice handed the Green Wave its first loss of the season, 4-2, back on Feb. 4 in a match that was moved inside due to weather.
Idan Mark and Joe Young lead Tulane into the championships with 12 singles wins each. Mark owns a 12-7 record on court one, while Young is 12-9 overall with six wins on court three. Radu Ionescu, back from injury, is 8-3 and has won both matches since his return, while Shaye Wali has improved his 9-9 singles mark winning his last five matches.
The pair of Mark and Young have also teamed together to post a 7-3 doubles record this spring.
The winner of Tulaneâ€™s match with Rice will face either No. 3 seed SMU or No. 6 seed UAB Saturday at 3 p.m. CDT.
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