Nov. 4, 2001
BATON ROUGE, La. - Tulane University sophomore Michael Kogan defeated LSU's Daniel Kiernan to win his draw at the LSU Invitational Saturday in Baton Rouge. Kogan defeated three opponents on the weekend, including two nationally-ranked foes.
On Sunday, Kogan cruised to a straight-set victory over Kiernan, who is ranked No. 29 in the country. Set scores were 6-4, 7-5. He had gone to three sets in each of his matches on Saturday.
"In my last match, I played much better than my first two," Kogan said. "I served and returned much better. The surface was much faster here, so it took some time to get used to it."
Kogan, who is ranked No. 15 in the country, has posted a 15-3 record in fall action. He will play next weekend at The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas.
"A couple more wins always help [going into a tournament like the Omni Hotels Championships]," Kogan said. "I feel confident. I like to play indoors more than outdoors, so I am looking forward to it."
The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments, are the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events are the Riviera Women's and ITA Men's All-American Championships which were held last month, and the third event is season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Omni Hotels Regional Championships held across the country during last month, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the ITA and Riviera All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Omni Hotels Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.