Tulane Ends Tiger Men's Tennis Season in Semifinals
April 17, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team battled, but could not pull a second upset on their third straight day of play in a 4-0 loss to No. 2 seed Tulane in the second semifinal of the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship, Saturday.
The Tigers battled with the No. 2 seed, with the No. 2 doubles team of Alex Bucewicz and Marten Tamla helping Memphis get on the board first with a 8-5 win over Alberto Sottocorno and Goran Vasiljevic. But the Green Wave answered back with an 8-4 victory at No. 3, meaning the No.1 doubles match would be the deciding factor for the doubles point. Memphis pushed the team of Michael Kogan and David Goulet all the way to eight all. But the duo of Kogan and Goulet, the No. 35 ranked doubles team in the country, prevailed 7-3, to win the No. 1 match, 9-8, and help the Green Wave to a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
The bottom of the order did most of the damage for Tulane, with the Green Wave picking up singles wins at No. 5 and 6 to go up 3-0. Meanwhile, on the No. 1 court, Lee Taylor Walker had come back from a 6-2 first set loss and was hoping his teammates could hold off their matches long enough for him to try to serve out the second set, up 5-4, but Ted Angelino won his No. 3 match to stop the match with Tulane's fourth point.
The Tigers finish the 2004 spring season with a 15-11 record and having made their first-ever appearance in a Conference USA Semifinal. In addition to helping Head Coach Phil Chamberlain to his 100th career victory, Walker wrapped up his Tiger career having helped the Tigers to a 49-28 dual match record. Walker wraps his collegiate career with a singles mark of 54-43 while at Memphis, and with a 68-61 mark for his four-year career, which included one season at Clemson. Walker, who was ranked No. 109 in the nation in singles heading into the tournament, finished the 2004 spring season with a 15-10 mark at No. 1 singles.
Tulane advances with the win to face top seeded TCU in a Sunday final that is a rematch of last year's finals in Milwaukee, Wis. The Green Wave, the defending conference champs, will be appearing in their fourth straight conference final. Tulane is 2-1 heading into the fourth-straight finals appearance, while TCU is 0-1 in their one appearance in a C-USA final.