April 21, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Host Tulane University and top seed South Florida will meet at 12 noon on Sunday for the 2001 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship at the Goldring Tennis Center.
Tulane, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 3 Charlotte, 4-1, Saturday afternoon. That match was followed by South Florida edging defending champ Louisville, 4-2.
Charlotte and Louisville will play for third place at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Tulane had a solid 4-1 victory over Charlotte in the opening match of the day. The Green Wave won the doubles point and then used singles wins from a pair of sophomores and a freshman to wrap up the victory. Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba), the highest ranked player in the tournament at No. 32, won at No. 1, while sophomores Victor Romero (Atizapan, Mexico) and Mattias Westerberg (Lulea, Sweden) had victories at No. 2 and No. 6, respectively.
The South Florida match was a nailbiter to the finish. After Louisville earned the doubles point, the Bulls knotted the match at one with a win at No. 1 by freshman Paco Antelo (Santa Cruz, Bolivia). However, the Cardinals pulled back ahead when freshman Matt Mayer (Houston, Texas) won at No. 6 in straight sets.
USF, ranked No. 37 in the nation, followed by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 singles to go on top 3-2. However, Louisville had forced a third set at No. 5 and held a 5-4 lead in the second set of the four singles, in which it needed a win to force a third set. However, South Florida freshman Max Dockhorn (Hamburg, Germany) rallied, winning the final three games of the match to win, 6-2, 7-5 and clinch a slot in the Championship match for the Bulls.
South Florida has never lost in a C-USA Championship match, having taken home three titles (1999, 1998, 1996). Tulane won the Championship in 1997, but lost to the Bulls in 1999.
In other Saturday action, Southern Miss defeated DePaul, 4-2, while Memphis topped UAB, 4-3. Southern Miss and Memphis will battle for fifth place on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Aurora Country Club. DePaul earns seventh place due to forfeit, as UAB opted not to play the final match.