Oct. 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. – On the second day of ITA/All-American qualifying, the three remaining Tiger players in the singles and doubles field were ousted Tuesday, ending their run at possibly making the main singles draw of the prestigious tournament.
Just one day after seeing three singles wins, Auburn didn’t have the best of outings as seniors Dennis Lengsfeld, Daniel Cochrane and junior Lukas Ollert all lost their second round qualifying matches ending their week at the tournament. In the qualifying doubles field, the team of Cochrane and Lengsfeld also lost their opening match, falling to Pacific’s Daniel Alameh and Sem Verbeek, 8-6, in their first match together this fall.
Back in singles, Lengsfeld was looking for his second win in as many outings. However, the senior Tiger fell to 28-seed Nick Chappell of TCU in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, to fall to 1-1 in singles play this fall.
As for his teammates, Ollert and Cochrane, they suffered their second loss of the year. Cochrane, the 105th-ranked singles player in the nation, suffered a similar fate to Lengsfeld, dropping a straight set, 7-6 (0), 6-3 decision to 20-seed Arturs Kazijevs from SMU. Ollert, the nation’s 75th-ranked player, went a little deeper into his match, winning the first set 6-3, but then dropping two straight sets to Texas A&M’s Shane Vinsant, 6-1, 6-2, to move to 3-2 for the fall season.
With the losses on Tuesday, no Auburn players remain in the ITA/All-American Championship field and now the team will prepare for its next fall tournament, the ITA Southern Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Oct. 10 and run through Monday, Oct. 14.