LAFAYETTE, LA — The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s tennis team closes out its three-match homestand with in-state rival Tulane and No.61 Samford at Cajuns Courts starting on Saturday.
“We are looking forward to defending our home court vs. Tulane and Samford,” head coach Mark Jeffrey said. “The team is eager to even the series at 2-2 since Tulane’s tennis program came back after Hurricane Katrina. Our guys are getting better all the time. Coach Johnson and I are always looking for ways to make the team better. We had another good and productive week adding more wrinkles and tweaks which we hope the guys will input into their games over the next several weeks.”
Louisiana (9-7) hosts Tulane (7-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cajuns then close out the homestand against the Bulldogs (7-4) on Monday at 3 p.m.
The Cajuns are 4-0 at home this year after sweeping Youngstown State 7-0 on Wednesday. Both Rick de Groot and Hunter Johnson have a team-leading nine wins on the season in singles, while the duo of de Groot and Jake Wynan lead the Cajuns in doubles with a 9-4 record.
“One of our biggest goals is to go undefeated at home this year,” Jeffrey added. “We’ve got to fight hard to protect it. This is going to be the toughest stretch for us at home. If we get through this, good things will happen down the stretch.”
The Green Wave come into the contest having won four straight matches, all at home. Tulane is 1-3 in road contests with the lone win coming at Southern Miss. Dominik Koepfer leads the way for Tulane with a perfect 10-0 record in the spring playing primarily at position No.3.
Samford also comes to Cajun Courts on a hot not having won its last three matches including a hard fought 4-3 decision at home to UNC Greensboro. The Bulldogs are also 1-3 on the road this year, but their lone road win came at No.45 Alabama, 4-3. Fares Kilani and Austin Akers each pace the Bulldogs with eight wins on the season.
“Samford is ranked 61st in the country and has beaten an SEC team,” Jeffrey noted. “They are putting their ranking on the line when they face us, so they have a lot to lose. We have to take that ranking away from them, and the only way we can do that is to win on Monday.”
Admission to both contests is free and there will be live scoring and video on RaginCajuns.com for those who can’t make it out to Cajun Courts. There will also be free crawfish for the first 50 people at the Tulane contest on Saturday as the match is being sponsored by Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC.
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