May 26, 2001
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Michael Kogan (Kfar-Saba, Israel) was eliminated from the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship with a 5-7, 4-6 loss in the quarterfinals Saturday at the University of Georgia.
Kogan, who earned All-America honors due to his success in the tournament, was defeated by Pepperdine's Al Garland. Kogan entered the tourney ranked No. 34 in the nation, while Garland was No. 21. Garland also has tournament wins over No. 31 Mark Parsons from Tennessee and No. 12 Ajay Ramaswami from LSU.
The Conference USA Player of the Year, Kogan had defeated Duke's Andres Pedroso in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 7-6) on Saturday morning to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Playing a grueling NCAA schedule, Kogan also played a doubles match on Saturday. He and senior partner Mikko Viljanen (Vantaa, Finland) dropped their round of 16 doubles match to Stanford's Scott Lipsky and David Martin, ranked No. 14 in the country. The final score was 2-6, 3-6.
Kogan and Viljanen also earned All-America honors as a doubles team. Those honors cap an extremely successful year for the Tulane men's tennis program. The team won the Conference USA Championship in mid-April and also won a first round NCAA Tournament match.