Sept. 30, 2013
TULSA, Okla. – Senior men’s tennis players, Daniel Cochrane and Dennis Lengsfeld, as well as junior Lukas Ollert all advanced through the first round of singles qualifying at the ITA/All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday. All Tigers participating in the qualifying draw are looking to win three consecutive matches of qualifying to advance to the main singles draw of the championship.
Coming off his first fall tournament of the year along with his No. 105 ranking in singles, Cochrane faced Nevada’s Victor Ouvrad in his first round matchup. The senior fell into a big hole to start the match, losing the first set, 6-0. However, he was able to bounce right back to win the final two sets, 6-4, 6-4 for his third victory of the fall. With the win, Cochrane will move on to the second round of qualifying and face 20th-seed Arturs Kazijevs of SMU, who won a tough three-setter earlier in the day as well. That match will be played tomorrow at a time yet to be determined.
As for Lengsfeld, he, as well, advanced to play another day as he won his first match of the fall. Looking to get the year off on the right foot, the Germany-native won in straight sets on Monday, defeating SEC foe, Jarryd Chaplin of Tennessee, 6-4, 6-4, to move to 1-0 in singles for the year. He’ll face 28-seed Nick Chappell of TCU tomorrow.
Auburn’s final player trying to advance through qualifying made it a three-for-three day for the Tigers as junior Lukas Ollert, the 22-seed of the draw, defeated Oklahoma’s Austin Siegel in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Coming into the tournament with two singles wins already this fall, Ollert tallied his third win and will move on to the second round of singles qualifying and face Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Cochrane and Lengsfeld will also be trying to qualifying through the doubles draw this week as they will play their first match together tomorrow against Ilija Cuic and Tin Ostojic of Wichita State starting at 9:30 a.m. The Tiger tandem comes into the bracket as the second-seeded doubles team trying to make the main draw and is currently ranked No. 30 in the nation.
Over the weekend, sophomore Joseph Van Dooren was in pre-qualifying action, looking to win three-straight singles matches to reach the same qualifying field as his teammates. Unfortunately, the Belgian’s quest was cut short as he was dropped in the second round by Northwestern’s Konrad Zieba in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, after a first round bye. With the loss, Van Dooren’s record falls to 2-2 in singles for the fall season.
A full recap with complete results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following the qualifying portion of the tournament.