Freshman Michael Kogan advanced in the singles draw of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
May 24, 2001
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) had a come-from-behind victory in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament at the University of Georgia on Thursday.
Kogan, ranked No. 34 in the nation, dropped his first set with Kansas freshman Quentin Blakeney, 2-6. However, the Conference USA Player of the Year recovered to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Kogan plays on Friday at 9 a.m. against UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda, who upset Arkansas' Oskar Johansson, the No. 4 ranked player in the country, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Grinda is ranked No. 51 in the nation.
In addition to singles action, Kogan and senior partner Mikko Viljanen (Vantaa, Finland) will open play in the NCAA doubles draw on Friday. Kogan and Viljanen, ranked No. 12 in the nation, will face Kansas as well, with Blakeney teaming with Pete Stroer. The Kansas duo is ranked No. 50 in the nation. That match is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.