VooDoo to host open tryout Nov. 15

The New Orleans VooDoo will hold an open tryout Saturday, Nov. 15, at Pan American Stadium in City Park in New Orleans.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the tryout starting at 10 a.m. The registration fee will be $80 and will be due on the day of the tryout, which will consist of the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, broad jump, individual drill and one-on-one drills. The workouts will be conducted on artificial turf fields, so participants are encouraged to wear cleats. Kickers will be included in the open tryout.

VooDoo head coach Dean Cokinos will conduct the workouts and evaluate the players.

Prospective players need to pre-register for the open tryout and may do so by downloading the tryout application and sending the completed forms to the VooDoo Football Operations Department via fax, at (318) 224-2771, or via email to tryouts@aflvoodoo.com. The registration form is available for download at www.aflvoodoo.com.

For any questions regarding the open tryout, call (888)-277-5526, ext.132

Tulane’s Koepfer earns win at ITA event

TULSA, Okla. — Tulane men’s tennis player Dominik Koepfer, the 98th ranked singles player in the nation by the ITA, earned a first-round win at the ITA All-American Qualifying held Monday at Tulsa University’s Case Tennis Center.

Koepfer came from behind to defeat Florida State’s Cristian Gonzalez Mendez , the 103rd ranked player by the ITA, and claimed the final two sets for the 3-6 6-3 6-4, victory.

The Green Wave junior will face 56th-ranked George Goldhoff of Texas in the second round on Tuesday morning. In addition to playing the second round in singles on Tuesday, Koepfer will team up with doubles partner Chi-Shan Jao for the first round of the ITA All-American Doubles Qualifying. The pair is ranked 30th in the nation.

Serena avoids bagel, cruises at China Open

BEIJING — Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory Monday in the first round of the China Open.

Williams looked lethargic and flat-footed at the start, dropping serve three times to fall behind 5-0 in only 15 minutes.

She saved a set point in the next game and cruised the rest of the way.

The last player to bagel Williams was another Spaniard, Anabel Medina Garrigues, last year in Madrid. Williams won that match 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

On the men’s side, U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic played his first match since winning his only Grand Slam title this month and beat Chinese wild-card entry Bai Yan 6-3, 6-4.

Granollers beats Ferrer at Japan Open

TOKYO — Marcel Granollers of Spain rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Monday and advance to the second round of the Japan Open.

Granollers converted four of nine break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next face Steve Johnson of the United States.

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