Feb. 8, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University will play its first home men's tennis match of the 2003 season on Sunday afternoon at 11 a.m., hosting 24th-ranked Mississippi State at the Goldring Tennis Stadium. The Green Wave is ranked No. 32 in the Omni Hotels National Rankings.
The match had originally been scheduled for noon, however, it was moved up due to the weather forecast. The event is free to the public and fans can get free hot drinks during the contest.
Tulane is currently 1-1 after defeating No. 30 SMU, but losing to No. 19 Minnesota two weeks ago at the Ice Volleys in Minneapolis.
Mississippi State is 3-1 following a 4-3 victory over Memphis on Wednesday in Starkville. The Bulldogs also defeated Southern Miss and UAB after falling to Baylor in their opener.
Junior Michael Kogan is the top player for the Wave, holding the No. 32 ranking in the nation in singles. He teams with senior Victor Romero to be ranked No. 29 in the country in doubles action. Romero is the 72nd-ranked singles player in Division I.
Kogan is likely to meet Romain Ambert at No. 1 singles, while the Bulldogs top-ranked player, Rene-Charles Combette (#76), played at fifth singles in his last match. Tulane's likely No. 5 player is senior Mattias Westerberg.
Combette and Jerome Le Belicard are ranked No. 52 in the country in doubles, however, the pair have not been teaming up in doubles action in recent matches. Ambert and Combette, as the top flight pair for MSU, are the likely opponents for Kogan and Romero in doubles action.
Following Sunday's match, the Green Wave will travel to the state of Washington, playing in a tournament against No. 53 San Diego on Saturday (Feb. 15) and against either No. 13 Washington or No. 33 Clemson on Sunday.