Tulane Beats ULL in NCAA First Round
BATON ROUGE — Tulane advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships Friday in the Baton Rouge regional hosted by LSU after a close 4-2 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
The win sets up a rematch between Tulane and 11th-seeded LSU tomorrow at noon for a chance to play in then NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
No. 20 Tulane (22-5) beat ULL earlier this season, 4-0. But the Friday’s match was much closer from the beginning.
The doubles point remained tight through two weather delays.
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ Ryan Hess and Dusan Tubak beat David Goulet and Jonah Kane-West, 8-5 on court three. Tulane’s Ted Angelinos and Jacobo Hernandez struck back, beating Robin Ley and Shaun Ellison, 8-4 on court two.
After falling behind early in their match, ULL’s Evghenii Corduneanu and Amanjot Singh came back on Tulane’s Dmitriy Koch and Alberto Sottocorno to lead 7-5. Corduneanu and Singh were leading at match point when lightning struck in the area.
Sottocorno was serving behind 15-40 at match point to the ULL duo when play resumed. Tulane won the next point but then Sottocorno double-faulted, allowing Singh and Corduneanu to clinch the point for the Cajuns.
In singles, Kane-West put Tulane on the scoreboard by blanking Hess, 6-0, 6-0 on court six.
Tulane gained the lead when Goulet beat Tabak on court two, 7-6, 6-1.
Ellison evened the score again on court four with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Angelinos.
Matches on courts one, three and five went to third sets with the team score knotted at 2-2.
Tulane’s Koch topped Corduneanu on court 1 after a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 battle.
Sottocorno then clinched the match for Tulane on court five with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 win. That sealed the 4-2 win for the Green Wave.
The court six match between Singh and Hernandez was suspended at 6-6 in the third set.
“After losing the doubles we were a little concerned,” said Tulane head coach Robert Klein. We’re going to have to step it up tomorrow in doubles. But I’m proud of the way our guys responded in singles.”
Louisiana-Lafayette was playing without their usual No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles starter. Hess stepped into the lineup in his place.
“We laid it all on the line,” said ULL head coach Justin McGrath. “We were a man down today, but they didn’t let it bother them. We came out with so much heart and fought, but right now I’m so proud of my team.”
Tennis Match Results
Louisiana-Lafayette vs Tulane
May 13, 2005 at Baton Rouge, La.
#20 Tulane 4, #42 Louisiana-Lafayette 2
1. Dmitriy Koch (TUL) def. Evghenii Corduneanu (ULL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. David Goulet (TUL) def. #122 Dusan Tabak (ULL) 7-6, 6-1
3. Jacobo Hernandez (TUL) vs. Amanjot Singh (ULL) 6-3, 2-6, 6-6, unfinished
4. Shaun Ellison (ULL) def. Ted Angelinos (TUL) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alberto Sottocorno (TUL) def. Robin Ley (ULL) 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
6. Jonah Kane West (TUL) def. Ryan Hess (ULL) 6-0, 6-0
1. Evghenii Corduneanu/Amanjot Singh (ULL) def. #27 Dmitriy Koch/Alberto Sottocorno (TUL) 8-5
2. Ted Angelinos/Jacobo Hernandez (TUL) def. Robin Ley/Shaun Ellison (ULL) 8-4
3. Dusan Tabak/Ryan Hess (ULL) def. David Goulet/Jonah Kane-West (TUL) 8-5
Louisiana-Lafayette 12-8; National ranking #42
Tulane 22-5; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,4,1,5)
Match delayed twice due to rain and lightning in the area.
Clinchers: Doubles (1), Singles (5)
Official: Richie Weaver