April 16, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The 2001 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship will be hosted by Tulane University this weekend at the Goldring Tennis Complex on the Tulane campus and at Aurora Country Club on the West Bank.
The top seed in the tournament was earned by South Florida, ranked No. 34 in the nation. Host Tulane, ranked No. 47, is seeded No. 2. Charlotte (#57) is the third seed, followed by Louisville (#64). Southern Miss (#70) and Memphis (#75) round out the top six teams, which begin action on Friday. The bottom four teams will be in action on Thursday in the first round: No. 7 Memphis battles No. 10 Saint Louis, while No. 8 Marquette will meet No. 9 DePaul.
The Green Wave, which owns a five-match winning streak, opens action Friday at 12 noon at Goldring, meeting the winner of the Memphis-Saint Louis match. Tulane (12-8) is led by a pair of nationally-ranked singles players. Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar Saba, Israel) is the top ranked player in the tournament at No. 29. He will play No. 1 for the Wave, while sophomore Victor Romero (Atizapan, Mexico), Tulane's No. 2 singles player, is ranked No. 84. In addition, Kogan and senior Mikko Viljanen (Vantaa, Finland) have combined to form of the more formidable doubles duos in the nation. They are ranked No. 8 in the country and have lost just once this spring.
The winner of the Tulane quarterfinal match will advance to the semifinals Saturday at 12 noon against the winner of the Charlotte-UAB quarterfinal. Both semifinal contests and the championship will be played at Goldring.
The following is the day-by-day breakdown:
Thursday, April 19
Match #1: No. 7 Memphis vs. No. 10 Saint Louis, 12 p.m., Goldring
Match #2: No. 8 Marquette vs. No. 9 DePaul, 3 p.m., Goldring
Friday, April 20
Match #3: Loser #1 vs. Loser #2, 9 a.m., Goldring (Ninth Place)
Match #4: No. 2 Tulane vs. Winner #1, 12 p.m., Goldring
Match #5: No. 3 Charlotte vs. No. 6 UAB, 12 p.m., Aurora
Match #6: No. 1 South Florida vs. Winner #2, 3 p.m., Goldring
Match #7: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 Southern Miss, 3 p.m., Aurora
Saturday, April 21
Match #8: Winner #4 vs. Winner #5, 12 p.m., Goldring
Match #9: Loser #4 vs. Loser #5, 12 p.m., Aurora
Match #10: Winner #6 vs. Winner #7, 3 p.m., Goldring
Match #11: Loser #6 vs. Loser #7, 3 p.m., Goldring
Sunday, April 22
Match #12: Loser #9 vs. Loser #11, 8 a.m., Aurora (Seventh Place)
Match #13: Loser #8 vs. Loser #10, 9 a.m., Goldring (Third Place)
Match #14: Winner #9 vs. Loser #9, 11 a.m., Aurora (Fifth Place)
Match #15: Winner #8 vs. Winner #10, 12 p.m., Goldring (Championship)
Results will be available at the conclusion of each match by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Directions to Aurora Country Club: From West of the city. Take I-10 East towards New Orleans. Exit I-10 at Exit 234A (90 Business West - West Bank). Cross bridge and stay right. Take Exit 9B (General DeGaulle Drive East, stay left at fork). Proceed 1.4 miles, then turn left onto Holiday Drive. After one mile, turn right onto General Meyer Avenue. Aurora is approximately one mile on left.