Auburn Set to Face Top-20 Teams at ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Jan. 28, 2012
AUBURN - The 20th-ranked Auburn men's tennis team will face its toughest tests thus far in the 2012 season as they travel to Atlanta for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where the Tigers will face 19th-ranked Georgia Tech at noon Sunday.
The Tigers (2-0) will then face either No. 15 Illinois or No. 18 North Carolina on Monday, depending on the outcome of Sunday's matches. The Illini and Tar Heels square off in Sunday's first match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center at Georgia Tech. The winners of the two matches will meet at noon Monday for a chance to advance to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships, which will be held Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va.
Auburn trails the all-time series with Georgia Tech 27-14, and the Yellow Jackets have won the last two meetings by a 4-3 score. The Tigers have a 7-6 advantage over North Carolina, defeating the Tar Heels last year in Auburn by a 7-0 score. Auburn and Illinois have only met twice in their history, splitting a pair of decisions. The last meeting came in the 1998 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals when the Tigers won 4-0.
Live scoring for both matches will be available through RamblinWreck.com.
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Junior Andreas Mies, ranked No. 18 in the ITA singles rankings, is a perfect 2-0 at the No. 1 singles position, as is senior Alex Stamchev at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Daniel Cochrane made his spring season debut Friday at No. 3 singles, while junior Lucas Lopasso and sophomore Rafael Rondino are unbeaten at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Freshman Lukas Ollert, who joined the team at the beginning of the spring semester, has been outstanding at the No. 6 position with a pair of straight-sets wins.
In doubles, Stamchev is one win shy of tying the all-time doubles record at Auburn. His next victory will be his 96th as a Tiger, matching 2005 Wimbledon doubles champion Stephen Huss for the all-time Auburn mark. Stamchev is 5-1 when paired with Mies, making them the No. 6-ranked doubles team in the nation, and he is 7-0 when playing with Cochrane.
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