May 26, 2001
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) continued an impressive run at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship on Saturday at the University of Georgia. The freshman won again, advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The Green Wave freshman, who earned Conference USA Player of the Year honors, plays again at 12:30 p.m. (CST). To follow the match game-by-game, visit www.georgiadogs.com.
Kogan, who entered the tournament ranked No. 34 in the nation, dropped his first set against Duke's Andres Pedroso, 3-6, Saturday morning. However, he rallied to win set two, 6-4, then took the victory with a 7-4 tiebreaker win in the third set.
The path does not get easier for Kogan, who now must play his second match of the day against Pepperdine's Al Garland. He is ranked No. 21 in the nation. Garland has tournament wins over No. 31 Mark Parsons from Tennessee and No. 12 Ajay Ramaswami from LSU.
In addition, Tulane's doubles combination of Kogan and senior Mikko Viljanen (Vantaa, Finland) will also play this afternoon. The pair, ranked No. 12 in the nation, is in the final 16 and faces Scott Lipsky and David Martin from Stanford, ranked No. 14 in the country.