Nov. 4, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA - Auburn men's tennis team won all five matches it played Sunday, capturing the singles title in three of four flights on the final day of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Seniors Andreas Mies and Lucas Lopasso, along with sophomore Lukas Ollert, won the championships in the top three flights while senior Michael Wardell and sophomore Lucian Gheorghe won consolation matches in the fourth flight. This comes after the teams of Mies/Ollert and Lopasso/Dennis Lengsfeld won doubles titles on Saturday.
"We had a good tournament," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We came back really strong from a not-so-great tournament two weeks ago. I'm really proud of the guys, they did a good job this week. We were a little down after regionals, but they came back and did a good job. It's something to build on for sure, going towards the spring."
Mies capped off a 7-0 week (singles and doubles) with a hard-fought win over Samford's Zac Dunkle, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-1, to claim the first flight singles title. Mies also won the first-flight doubles title Saturday, teaming up with Lukas Ollert to defeat a team from Tulane, 8-3.
Ollert, meanwhile, took home the singles title in flight two after going unbeaten himself during the week. The Auburn sophomore defeated Alabama's Jarryd Botha, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, to finish off a 7-0 week of his own.
In the third flight, Lopasso made it three unbeaten Auburn players on the week as he defeated West Alabama's Nestor Vargas in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the singles title in that flight. Lopasso teamed up with Dennis Lengsfeld to win the second-flight doubles title Saturday over Alabama's team of Vieyra and Proskura, 9-8 (1).
Wardell took third place in the fourth flight draw, defeating Furman's Richard Casagrande in a third-set match tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). And Gheorghe ended the week on a winning note, taking a victory over Inaki Belloso of Southern Miss, winning the first set 6-0 before Belloso retired.
The fall season is now concluded for the Auburn team with the exception of Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane. The Tigers' top doubles team, who captured the ITA All-American doubles title last month, will travel to New York next weekend for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, which run Friday-Monday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Auburn Men's Tennis Results
Crimson Tide Fall Championship
Nov. 4, 2011 - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SINGLES - Final Round
Flight One Championship - Andreas Mies (AU) def. Zac Dunkle (SAM), 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-1
Flight Two Championship - Lukas Ollert (AU) def. Jarryd Botha (ALA), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3
Flight Three Championship - Lucas Lopasso (AU) def. Nestor Vargas (UWA), 6-2, 6-3
Flight Four Third-Place Match - Michael Wardell (AU) def. Richard Casagrande (FUR), 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
Flight Four Seventh-Place Match - Lucian Gheorghe (AU) def. Inaki Belloso (USM), 6-0, ret.