Jan. 18, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University men's tennis team, which closed the 2004 season with the No. 20 ranking in the nation, has moved up to No. 19 in the 2005 preseason rankings, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Rankings. The Green Wave is looking to make its ninth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The move up in the rankings comes despite the loss of three-time All-American Michael Kogan to graduation. Kogan advanced to the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship last spring.
"This is a coaches poll and they recognize that we are returning five starters," Tulane coach Robert Klein said. "We graduated one of the greatest players in school history in Kogan, but we have five very good players returning that gained a lot of experience and all had winning records last year."
"Dmitriy has had two very good seasons for us," Klein said. "I want him to play his style of tennis to the best of his ability; as the only senior, he has accepted the challenge of being a guy we can count on match-in and match-out."
Koch was ranked No. 50 in the final rankings last year, while Goulet is making his first appearance in the singles rankings after an excellent fall campaign.
"This is David's first time in the singles rankings and it shows that the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores," Klein said. "He is talented and understands what it takes to succeed. I saw some of Kogan's influence rubbing off on him this fall. He deserves this recognition he is getting."
Another key returnee for the Green Wave is junior Jacobo Hernandez, who Klein said has taken on more of a leadership role for the team. In addition, sophomores Ted Angelinos and Alberto Sottocorno were key players in last year's run to the NCAA Tournament, Tulane's eighth straight trip to the national tournament.
Angelinos and Hernandez are ranked No. 54 in the ITA Doubles Rankings.
The Green Wave opens its 2005 dual-match schedule on Sunday, Jan. 23, hosting Southeastern Louisiana at 9 a.m. and Southern University at 2 p.m. at the Goldring Tennis Center.