Nov. 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Auburn men's tennis team continued to find success at the Larry Easley Memorial on Saturday as senior Daniel Cochrane and freshman Dante Saleh advanced to singles finals in their respective flights, while the doubles pair of Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld also advanced to tomorrow's doubles final with an impressive victory.
Cochrane picked up a comeback victory in the semifinals of flight one against Oregon's Robin Cambier to advance to Sunday's final. After falling in the first set, the senior rallied to knock off Cambier 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. On Sunday, Cochrane will take on Kevin Fanin of Oregon in Sunday's final round. Cambier defeated Auburn's Ollert, 6-2, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon.
In the second flight, Saleh cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Grand Canyon's Ahmed Saleem to advance to tomorrow's final. The freshman has three wins in the tournament and will face UNLV's Willie Sublette on Sunday in the final.
In doubles, Auburn placed two pairs in the semifinals after earning victories in the Saturday's quarterfinal round. Ollert/Lengsfeld cruised to an 8-0 win to make quick work of Oregon's Daneil Sardu/Joey Swayland. The tandem defeated UNLV's Ace Matias/Denys Pume 8-5 to earn a berth in Sunday's final round.
Ollert/Lengsfeld will face Oregon's Kevin Farin/Robin Cambier, who knocked off Auburn's Cochrane/Saleh in the other semifinal matchup, in Sunday's final. Cochrane/Saleh battled with Farin/Cambier, but fell 8-5.
The duo of Cochrane/Saleh play in the quarterfinals on Saturday with a thrilling win in a tiebreaker, taking down Arizona's Matt Dunn/Mario Uquidi 8-7(4) to begin play on Saturday.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with the singles finals in both flights set to begin at noon. The doubles final will wrap up play at the Larry Easley Memorial after the conclusion of singles.
Kevin Fanin (UO) def Lukas Ollert (AUB) 6-2, 6-2
Dan Cochrane (AUB) def. Robin Cambier (UO) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Dante Saleh (AUB) def. Ahmed Saleem (GCU) 6-3, 6-0
Daniel Cochrane/Dante Saleh (AUB) def. Matt Dunn/Mario Urquidi (AZ) 8-7 (4)
Lukas Ollert/Dennis Lengsfeld (AUB) def. Daneil Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) 8-0
Kevin Farin/Robin Cambier (UO) def. Daniel Cochrane/Dante Saleh (AUB) 8-5
Lukas Ollert/Dennis Lengsfeld (AUB) def. Ace Matias/Denys Pume (UNLV) 8-5