NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane men's tennis is headed back to the NCAA tournament. It's been an eleven year wait for the Green Wave and they can thank, in part, Dominik Koepfer, for the resurgence.
For much of the season, Koepfer has been the country's top-ranked player. He'll enter the tournament ranked third after dropping two straight matches to the second seeded player. Still, an 18-2 record in the spring as well as a 9-2 record against ranked foes, is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it's something that's played out as an example of all that's right about Tulane tennis.
Back in 2005, Tulane tennis was flying high, but like every other sport Uptown, Hurricane Katrina took its toll. It's taken over a decade to get the magic back in to the program.
Tulane will face Dartmouth in the first round in Chapel Hill. On the other side of the bracket is host North Carolina taking on the College of Charleston. Quite the climb to escape this bracket, but based on what this university has dealt with over the past 10-years. This marks the tenth time that the Greenies have made the Big Dance. Their best finish came in 2003 when they reached the Sweet 16.
We'll see if they can create that type of magic once again.