Sept. 28, 2002
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) and senior Victor Romero (Atizapan, Mexico), who both dropped matches on Friday, returned to form with victories over nationally-ranked foes on Saturday at the Charles Fluitt Invitational at the University of Kentucky's Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex.
Kogan, who is ranked No. 17 in the nation, defeated Mississippi's 67th-ranked Catalin Gard, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6. Romero, No. 39 in the country, had a three-set triumph as well, edging Louisville's 53rd-ranked Cody Conley, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Senior Mattias Westerberg also had a victory, advancing to the third round of the "A" Flight with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Josh Tarkoff from Vanderbilt. However, the Wave senior was sent to the consolation bracket with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 loss to Brandon Allen from Middle Tennessee.
All three Wave players will continue action on Saturday in the tournament.
Kogan and Romero are playing in the "Ranked" Flight, which is made up of players currently ranked in the top 100 in the ITA rankings plus players who have been ranked sometime in their career. Each player in that flight will play five matches against others in the flight.
The A and B Flights are brackets. Players who lose will drop to consolation brackets. Each player (unless there is a bye in the bracket) will be guaranteed four matches.
Results are available throughout the day at www.UKAthletics.com, while Tulane individual results will be available at www.TulaneGreenWave.com at the end of the day.