Sept. 22, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman men’s tennis player, Dante Saleh, was ousted in the third round of singles consolation at the SEC Fall Classic over the weekend, falling to Arkansas’ Mike Nott, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (6). Saleh was the last player still in action after three of his teammates bowed out in the tournament’s first two days.
Saleh ended the tournament with a 2-2 record in singles and 0-1 in doubles, but one of his victories was a big one as it came against ranked Mississippi State veteran, Malte Stropp. Stropp came into the tournament ranked No. 40 in the nation and was the 13-seed in the classic. However, Saleh had control of the match from start to finish, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round of consolation.
Stropp wasn’t Saleh’s first ranked opponent of the weekend as the California-native faced three-seed and 24th-ranked Hunter Reese from Tennessee in his first match of the weekend. Saleh and Reese went the distance, going three sets with two sets going into tiebreakers, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (9), 6-2, with the match going Reese’s way.
One last singles match of note, sophomore Joseph Van Dooren played in an extra singles match on Friday and defeated Tennessee’s Sean Karl, 6-4, 7-5 to earn his third victory of the week. Van Dooren had the high win total in singles, while the remaining three Tigers in action tallied two wins each.
Auburn won’t have long before its next fall tournament, the ITA/All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament is scheduled to start on Saturday, Sept. 28 and run through Oct. 6.
SEC Fall Classic Day 3 Results
Mike Nott (ARK) def. Dante Saleh (AUB) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
Friday Extra Match:
Joseph Van Dooren (AUB) def. Sean Karl (TENN) 6-4, 7-5