Feb. 7, 2008
AUBURN - After Wednesday's 7-0 sweep over Troy, the Auburn men's tennis team (1-0) is ready to hit the court again as the Tigers host Southern Mississippi (1-3) and Arizona State (1-0).
Action begins Friday with a 1:30 p.m. match against Southern Miss and continues Sunday with a 12 p.m. meeting with the Sun Devils. Both matches will take place at the City of Auburn / Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"We have not played Southern Miss in a couple of years, so it is a little bit of an unknown there," said head coach Eric Shore. "But, they will be another solid match before we see Arizona State on Sunday, which will be a good test for us as it always is when we play them."
In Arizona State, Auburn matches up with a team ranked in the ITA Coaches Poll for the first time this season in dual competition.
"They are ranked below us (No. 44) but I believe they are a better team than that," said Shore. "The last few times we played them, it always seems to be a close match and it should be on Sunday. I just hope we are ready to compete."
The Tigers open the weekend against the Golden Eagles, a team Auburn has dominated since Shore took over the program. AU holds a 10-0 all-time series advantage with all 10 meetings coming under Shore's watch.
The last meeting between the teams was in the 2006 season with the Tigers pulling off a 7-0 sweep for the fourth time ever against Southern Miss.
Auburn has not had as much luck against the Sun Devils, but has always competed well against the Pac-10 Team as five of the last six matches have been decided by a score of 4-3. Arizona State leads the all-time series 8-3, but all three wins have come in recent years as Shore holds a 3-6 record against ASU.
The last meeting between the teams was a 4-3 Auburn loss in Tempe, Ariz. The Tigers were able to get a small preview of Sunday's match in the fall when Auburn traveled out to the Arizona State Thunderbird Classic.
Auburn and ASU went head-to-head four times in the tournament (three singles matches, one doubles match) with each team winning two.
Southern Miss enters the weekend with a 1-3 record, losing to No. 13 Alabama (7-0), No. 70 UNLV (6-1) and St. Mary's (5-2). The lone win for the Golden Eagles came against Alcorn State (7-0).
Arizona State has fallen victim to weather so far this season as the team has only played one of its three scheduled matches. The Sun Devils earned the 7-0 win in their only competition, taking down No. 49 San Diego State.
Admission to both matches is free. Fans not able to make it out can follow the action with Live Stats at www.AuburnTigers.com.