Jan. 11, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University has earned a No. 31 national ranking in the 2002 preseason rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
The Green Wave closed last season with a No. 34 ranking. Coach Robert Klein's squad will be led by a pair of nationally-ranked individuals. Sophomore Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) is the No. 4 player in the nation according to the ITA Rankings, while junior Victor Romero (Atizapan, Mexico) is ranked No. 33.
"We return five of our six starters and I thought we had a good fall," Klein said. "It is a great launching pad for the Green Wave. We will feature two of the best players in the nation and one of the nation's best doubles teams, but I feel like we also have a complete supporting cast. I feel our depth will be our strength this year."
Last year, the Green Wave captured the Conference USA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year.
However, repeating as conference champions this year will be a stiff challenge for the Wave. Six teams from Conference USA are ranked nationally. League newcomer TCU checks in at No. 19, followed by Tulane and then South Florida (38), Charlotte (60), Louisville (67) and Memphis (74).
Tulane opens the spring season on January 26 on the road against Oklahoma State. The Wave follows that with a road match at Tulsa on Jan. 27. Tulane's home opener will be Feb. 16 against Wichita State.