Men's Tennis Fares Well at Tulane Invitational



Oct. 20, 2000

NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Playing in front of a home crowd, the Tulane men's tennis team turned in a set of solid results at the Tulane Invitational on Friday.

Playing at the Goldring Tennis Complex on the Tulane campus for the first time this Fall, the Tulane men were a perfect 3-0 in the A flight of the singles competition, while three Wave players advanced to the second round of the B flight singles.

Tulane senior Mikko Viljanen posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over David Winning of Louisiana-Lafayette in the A flight, while Mattias Westerberg was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Southern Mississippi's David Jansson. Newcomer Michael Kogan also fared well in the A flight, recording a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mississippi's Patrick Chuckri.

In the B flight, Derya Rose advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Lafayette's Cason Mays. Tulane's Goran Vasiljevic was not as fortunate, losing 6-0, 6-2 to UNO's Anders Oding in the second round after having posted a solid 6-4, 6-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana's Aaron Tessier in the first round. Newcomer Tatsuhiro Ishii also split a pair of singles matches. He opened play with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over LSU's Johnathan Hurd, before dropping a 6-4, 6-2 decision to LSU's Brandon Nicholson.

In the A flight doubles competition, the Tulane team of Westerberg and Rose advanced to the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Chuckri and Casey of Mississippi.

Action continues at the Tulane Invitational on Saturday, with play set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Goldring Tennis Complex.