Oct. 7, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Auburn's doubles team of senior Andreas Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane made history Sunday afternoon, winning the main draw doubles final at the ITA All-American Championship to give the Tigers one of the most prestigious tournament titles in college tennis.
Playing in their very first tournament as a doubles team, the Auburn duo defeated Virginia's team of Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, to claim Auburn's first-ever title at the All-American Championships.
The tournament win ranks among the biggest in the history of the Auburn program, along with the 1999 National Clay Court doubles title by Tiago Ruffoni and Stephen Huss, the 2002 NCAA doubles title by Andrew Columbo and Marc Kovacs, and Huss' 2005 Wimbledon doubles title.
"I'm really proud of Andy and Dan," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "It's a great win for them and a great win for the program to win the All-American title. We won an NCAA doubles title back in 2002 and had some other good stuff happen, but we've never won an All-American title."
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first and were up a break and serving for the set at 5-3, but Cochrane had his serve broken as Virginia won three straight games to tie the set at 5-all. Mies then saved a break point at 5-all and the opening set went to a tiebreaker.
Facing two set points at 6-4 in the tiebreaker, Auburn broke Virginia's serve on the first attempt and rolled off four in a row to take an 8-6 win in the tiebreak and claim the first set, 7-6.
"The first set was obviously very big today," Shore said. "Dan served for the set at 5-3 but lost a tough game. Andy faced a break point at 5-all and they found a way to win that game. Then they got down in the tiebreaker 6-4 and found a way to win the tiebreaker."
The momentum was then on Auburn's side as the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set and never looked back on the way to a 6-2 win and a straight-sets victory in the match, winning their fifth match in four days to claim the title.
"We got off to a good start in the second set, got up 4-0, broke them twice, and had a lot of momentum," Shore said. "Obviously they had some momentum from winning as many matches as they had this week. I'm just proud of them."
This was the first tournament as a doubles team for Mies and Cochrane. Last year, Mies played the majority of his doubles matches with then-senior Alex Stamchev, and the pair advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 All-American. But despite their preseason national ranking of No. 24, Mies and Cochrane had never played a doubles match together.
"They haven't played together at all," Shore said. "We put them together this fall. It was a logical team to put together based on their ability level. They've played in practice for two weeks, and now they went out and won the All-American.
"They were the fifth alternates for the main draw. They weren't even supposed to get in. But some teams dropped out, we got an opportunity and took advantage of it." With the win today, Mies and Cochrane automatically qualified for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, which will take place in early November at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
The Tigers will next be in action on their home courts next week as they play host to the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships. The tournament runs Thursday-Monday, Oct. 18-22, at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center, and admission is free.