Kogan Advances to Sweet 16 in Men's Tennis



May 25, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) won his second match at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament on Friday morning at the University of Georgia. He is now in the Final 16.

In addition, Tulane's doubles combination of Kogan and senior Mikko Viljanen (Vantaa, Finland) won their first round contest in the doubles draw.

Kogan, ranked No. 34 in the nation entering the tournament, upended UCLA's No. 51-ranked Jean-Noel Grinda on Friday, 6-4, 7-6. Grinda had upset the No. 4 ranked player in the country in the opening round. The match was played indoors due to rain.

"First serve, returns and volleys are the keys and Michael played that perfectly today," Tulane head coach Robert Klein said. "It was a tight match, Grinda has one of the best serves in college tennis, a big lefty serve, but Michael returned very well."

Kogan plays at 9 a.m. on Saturday against Duke's Andres Pedroso, who topped Georgia's Lesley Joseph in three sets. Pedroso is ranked No. 49 in the nation.

In addition, Tulane's doubles tandem of Kogan and Viljanen, ranked No. 12 in the nation, rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 win over the Kansas combination of Quentin Blakeney and Pete Stroer. The Wave doubles team will play again on Saturday afternoon. K.J. Hippensteel and Alex Kim from Stanford, ranked No. 15 in the country, will be Tulane's opponent. Kim is the No. 1 ranked singles player in the country.