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Men's Tennis Ready to Face In-State Rival Troy

Feb. 3, 2011

AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 31 Auburn men's tennis team hosts the No. 62 Troy Trojans on Sunday, Feb. 6. The match is slated for 1 pm at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.

"Troy is a good team and it is going to be a tough match for us on Sunday," head coach Eric Shore said. "They played us tough last year in the NCAA Tournament and we are expecting to see that same kind of team. "

Sunday will be the 19th meeting between the Tigers and Trojans with Auburn holding a 16-2 edge over Troy. Last year, the two teams faced off twice with Auburn coming away with a pair of victories. The final meeting of the season came at the 2010 NCAA Tournament with Auburn taking the first-round match, 4-0.

ITA Indoor Qualifier
The Auburn men's tennis team kicked off the dual part of the season at the 2011 ITA Indoor Qualifier at Texas Tech. The Tigers opened the weekend with a Saturday match against No. 19 California and dropped a heart-breaking 4-2 match to the Golden Bears. Auburn won the doubles point and regained the lead at 2-1 after sophomore Andreas Mies won a two-set match at No. 6 singles. The Tigers, however, couldn't hold on and the Golden Bears captured four singles matches to win.

On Sunday, Auburn faced No. 45 LSU and utilized strong singles play to defeat the Tigers, 4-1. After losing the doubles point, Auburn bounced back to capture four-straight singles matches. Freshmen Rafael Rondino and Daniel Cochrane, along with Mies and junior Alex Stamchev picked up wins for the Tigers.

Previewing the Trojans
The No. 62 Troy Trojans are currently 0-3 after losing to three-straight ranked teams. The Trojans played Florida State in the first match of the year, losing 7-0. They followed with losses to North Carolina State and California-Santa Barbara at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Gainesville, Fla.



SEC Preseason Polls
The Auburn men's tennis team was picked to finish third in the SEC West by the league's head coaches, the conference office announced Monday. The 2009-10 team concluded the season with a 12-13 overall record and finished second in the SEC West with a 5-6 conference record. The Tigers reached the second round of the 2010 NCAA Championships before falling to SEC rival Florida, 4-0. The team also reached the semifinals of the 2010 SEC Championships.
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