Oct. 29, 2000
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tulane University doubles tandem of freshman Michael Kogan and junior Mikko Viljanen won the Tennessee Fall Classic on Sunday afternoon in Knoxville.
Kogan and Viljanen upset three nationally-ranked duos in the event, placing them in prime position to earn a national-ranking of their own.
Kogan also cruised through the Flight A singles to win that event.
In the doubles action, Kogan and Viljanen opened the event by defeating the No. 36 ranked team from Mississippi on Saturday. On Sunday, the pair followed with an 8-6 win over the No. 15 ranked pair of Peter Handoyo and Andy Crews from Tennessee. The Green Wave won the event by defeating No. 43 ranked Chris McDonald and Mathieu Soto from Mississippi State, 8-3.
Kogan was outstanding on his own as well. The freshman won all of his matches in straight sets as he won the Flight A singles at the event. He captured the title on Sunday morning with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Furman's Patrick Gaughan.
"I am proud of Michael's performance," Tulane head coach Robert Klein said following the singles win. "He won five tough matches. This is a great tune-up for next week's Region III tournament in Athens, Ga."
"I was playing pretty well all week," Kogan said. "It was hard, I had to play a lot of matches. But every time I go out on the court, I expecy myself to win, I always play to win.
"We played very well in doubles also," Kogan continued. "We beat [the team from] Tennessee who is ranked No. 15 in the nation. I hope we will be ranked in the next rankings."
The Tennessee Classic is an event which features players from 18 colleges. It was divided into three flights for singles and doubles: Flight A, Flight B, and a Nationally-Ranked Flight.