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From Auburn Media Relations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Auburn’s No. 32 men’s tennis team remained unbeaten on the road in Southeastern Conference play this season, earning a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Vanderbilt on Friday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.
The Tigers (12-6, 4-4 SEC) picked up their second straight win and third this season over a top-25 opponent and pulled back to .500 in conference play with a win over the Commodores (13-7, 4-4).
“That was a great college tennis match today,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “I’m really proud of the guys. They played hard the whole match, and they played as a team.”
Auburn got off to a quick start with a pair of strong wins in doubles to take an early 1-0 lead. The team of Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren pulled away early and breezed to an 8-2 win over Vandy’s Rhys Johnson and Jeff Offerdahl at the third doubles line. Auburn secured the point at the No. 2 position as Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso took care of Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran, 8-5.
Once again, Auburn’s No. 5-ranked team of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane had victory in their sights – they led VU’s Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe 7-4 – but were unable to add another in the win column as the doubles matches were halted after Auburn clinched the point.
The Tigers made it a 2-0 advantage as Lengsfeld, after moving up to the No. 3 singles line this week, defeated Offerdahl in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. But the Commodores fought back at the top of the lineup. Austin, ranked No. 62 in singles, defeated Cochrane at the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-3, and the ‘Dores tied things up at 2-2 as 17th-ranked Lipman outlasted Mies at the top spot, 6-2, 7-6 (8).
But the bottom of the lineup came through for Auburn. Lopasso won an epic battle at the fifth singles position, winning two tiebreakers to defeat van der Merwe, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8). And 105th-ranked Ollert clinched the victory for the Tigers in thrilling fashion with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over Kris Yee at the No. 4 position.
Van Dooren won his first set over Johnson and was leading 5-4 in the second set when the match was halted.
Auburn will look to remain unbeaten in road SEC matches as they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face eighth-ranked Kentucky at 1 p.m. ET Sunday (noon CT) at the Boone Tennis Complex. Live stats will be available through UKAthletics.com.
Eric Shore has really done an excellent job as the Men's Tennis Coach!! Great job guys!! The men's tennis in the SEC is really tough and to be unbeaten on the road is quite an accomplishment. Beat the CATS!!!
We Comin'.....at some point....
Nice!!...an SEC win!...that too against a good team
This post was edited by shashin_patel on 3/30/2013 at 11:41 AM
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