No. 21 Auburn Opens Season with 7-0 Win over Troy
Jan. 21, 2012
AUBURN - The No. 21 Auburn men's tennis team defeated the Troy Trojans for the 18th straight time, earning a 7-0 win at the Yarbrough Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon to kick off the 2012 spring season.
"I thought we played really solid in singles," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "In doubles I thought we were a little bit inconsistent. We weren't sharp, but for the first match, you have to take the good with the bad. I thought we did a good job of coming out in singles and playing focused. Troy is a good team. They are well coached. I can't be disappointed, but we all know we have to get better."
In doubles, Auburn's No. 6-ranked duo of senior Alex Stamchev and junior Andreas Mies raced past Troy's Patrick Eichler and Sami Ghorbel, 8-1. With the win, Stamchev is now two wins away from breaking the all-time Auburn doubles record of 96, held by former Auburn standout and 2005 Wimbledon Doubles Champion Stephen Huss.
On court three, sophomore Rafael Rondino and newcomer Lukas Ollert defeated Troy's Anas Roudchi and Ture Skinner, 8-4, to secure the doubles point for the Tigers. Auburn's Lucas Lopasso and Dennis Lengsfeld rounded out the doubles action by edging out Troy's Jamie Eccleton and Mansingh Athare, 8-7 (1).
Lengsfeld got Auburn's first singles victory on court three by defeating Eccleton, 6-0, 6-1. Ollert then earned his first career singles win after toppling Eichler, 6-1, 6-1, on court six.
On court four, Rondino earned a victory over Skinner, 6-3, 6-1, to secure the win for the Tigers. Stamchev then topped Ghorbel on court two, 6-3, 6-2.
With the match already decided, Rondino defeated Athare at the No. 5 position, 6-1, 6-2, and on court one, No. 18 Mies defeated Rouchdi, 6-1, 6-2.
The Tigers will return to action on Jan. 27 against Middle Tennessee at 11 a.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission is free.
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