Mikko Viljanen was one of three Green Wave players to win two matches Tuesday.
Nov. 2, 2000
ATHENS, Ga. - The Tulane University men's tennis team had an outstanding first day of action at the ITA Region III Tennis Championships at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Thursday as freshman Michael Kogan, junior Mikko Viljanen and sophomore Mattias Westerberg all picked up two wins on the day.
The upset of the day was Kogan's second-round victory over Mississippi's Alex Hartman, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and the 10th ranked player in the nation.
The unseeded Kogan topped Florida's Troy Hahn in the first round in a hard-fought 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 decision which began at 9 a.m. Just three hours after the start of his battle with Hahn, Kogan met Hartman, one of the favorites in the event, who had received a first-round bye due to his high seed.
Viljanen and Westerberg also picked up a pair of victories. Viljanen defeated Alabama's Narla Susheel in a three-set first-round match and continued with a triumph over Georgia's Brandon Wagner, who also had a first-round bye, in round two. Westerberg knocked off Mississippi's Conor Casey in the first round and then topped No. 16 seed Jason Ontog from UT-Chattanooga in round two. Ontog is ranked No. 80 in the nation.
All three players return to action on Friday, with Kogan and Viljanen also competing in the doubles' draw. The Green Wave duo earned a first-round bye in doubles.