May 10, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Patrizio Maucci made the most of his first postseason opportunity on Saturday as the 6-6 sophomore played an excellent match to clinch Tulane's 4-0 victory over Southern in the first match of the New Orleans NCAA Men's Tennis Regional at the Goldring Tennis Center.
Maucci was moved into the lineup at No. 6 singles in order to give hard-working senior Mattias Westerberg a rest in plans of a grueling regional championship match on Sunday. The Green Wave will play at noon against the winner of Saturday's LSU-South Alabama match.
"Mattias will be on the court for three hours tomorrow, so we rested him today," Tulane coach Robert Klein said. "The way he plays, he will run around until its dark tomorrow. And Patrizio played a very good match against a good experienced player."
Tulane won the doubles point, then won at No. 5 and No. 1 singles before Maucci clinched the win at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
"I was lucky to get the chance to play," Maucci said. "In the second set, he played better, but I tried to do what I do. I put my first serves in and kept the pressure on him. I did what I had to do and I am just happy to get the win."
After Tulane cruised to the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, junior Hannu Piiroinen roared to a quick victory at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-2 to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.
Not surprisingly, it was all-everything junior Michael Kogan who added the next point. The three-time Player of the Year in Conference USA dominated Southern's No. 1 player Tommie Pernell, winning 6-0, 6-0. Kogan, ranked No. 11 in the nation, has now won 12 straight singles matches and 14 consecutive doubles matches.
Tulane's Victor Romero also led in his No. 2 singles match when the match was clinched. The Green Wave had dropped the opening sets at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, but led at both those positions in the second sets. Jorge Lievano, the Wave's No. 4 singles player, held a solid 3-0 lead at No. 4.
"The way Jorge Lievano played in the second set shows that we are ready to play," Klein said.
The Green Wave, which won its school record 20th dual match of the season, made quick work of the Jaguars as the match was over in under two hours.
"It's always beneficial to get off the court as quickly as possible in the first day of a two-day event," Klein said.
The Wave has now won 23 straight home matches and 11 consecutive matches against in-state opponents.
The winner of Sunday's Regional Championship will advance to Athens, Ga., for the Round of 16 on May 17. The New Orleans Regional winner will meet the winner of the Palo Alto Regional, hosted by fifth-seeded Stanford.
May 10, 2003
Goldring Tennis Center
New Orleans, La.
No. 15 Tulane 4, Southern 0
1. #5 Kogan/Romero (Tulane) def. Hidalgo/Ncube (Southern): 8-2
2. Koch/Vasiljevic (Tulane) def. Ensignia/Pipkins (Southern): 8-1
3. Lievano/Westerberg (Tulane) vs. Date/Christopher Williams (Southern): DNF, Tulane led 7-2
1. #5 Michael Kogan (Tulane) def. Tommie Pernell (Southern): 6-0, 6-0
2. #92 Victor Romero (Tulane) vs. David Ensignia (Southern): DNF, Tulane led 6-2, 3-2
3. Dmitriy Koch (Tulane) vs. Alex Hidalgo (Southern): DNF, Southern led 6-4, 0-2
4. Jorge Lievano (Tulane) vs. Benjamin Ncube (Southern): DNF, Southern led 6-4, 3-0
5. Hannu Piiroinen (Tulane) def. Gregory Pipkins (Southern): 6-0, 6-2
6. Patrizio Maucci (Tulane) def. Michael Date (Southern): 6-2, 6-4