Nov. 10, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman Michael Kogan (Ramat Haskaron, Israel) has been named the Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Month for October, it was announced by the league on Friday.
Kogan had an outstanding month for Tulane, winning three tournament championships and upsetting the No. 10 player in the nation.
His first tournament victory was the Flight A Singles Championship of the Tulane Invitational, where he won four matches to earn the title. He followed that with impressive success at the Tennessee Fall Classic, winning both the singles and doubles titles. In Flight A singles, he won five matches, all in straight sets, while in the doubles action, he and Mikko Viljanen won all three of their matches in Flight A doubles. Each of the doubles wins came against nationally-ranked opponents.
Kogan's most recent action was at the ITA Region III Tennis Championships. In singles action, he won two matches, including an upset over Mississippi's Alex Hartman, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and the 10th ranked player in the nation. He lost in the following round. In doubles at the Regional Championship, Kogan again teamed with Viljanen, winning three matches to advance to the quarterfinals before being defeated.
For the month, the freshman's singles record was a near-perfect 11-1, while he was 6-1 in doubles action for a combined 17-2 record for October.
The Tulane tennis team has completed its fall season. It is scheduled to return to action on Jan. 26 against Michigan State.