Tigers Picked to Finish Fourth in SEC West


Jan. 26, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference coaches, for the third year in a row, have picked the Auburn men's tennis team to finish fourth in the Western Division this season in the preseason poll released last Thursday.

The Tigers finished the 2007-08 season 4-7 in SEC play and 11-13 in overall competition. Last year, Auburn fell to Kentucky in the first round of the SEC tournament and was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the second round.

Topping the Western Division in the poll was Ole Miss, while Tennessee claimed the top spot in the East. The Rebels were voted to win the overall conference with seven votes, Tennessee (3) in second and Florida (2) taking third. The preseason poll is voted on by the SEC Men's Tennis Coaches and is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count.

Auburn, who opened their spring season at the Auburn Spring Classic last weekend, are set to face Georgia Tech at the National Indoor Qualifier in Boise, Idaho on January 31.

Eastern Divison
1. Tennessee - 67
2. Florida - 59
3. Georgia - 53
4. Kentucky - 35
5. Vanderbilt - 22
6. South Carolina - 16

Western Divison
1. Ole Miss - 71
2. LSU - 54
3. Alabama - 44
4. Auburn - 43
5. Arkansas - 22
6. Mississippi State - 18