Feb. 13, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 24 Auburn men's tennis team hits the road for a pair of matches this weekend as the Tigers look to improve on their 8-1 start. Auburn faces Georgia Tech on Friday at 4 p.m. CT in Atlanta before traveling to Clemson on Sunday for a 12 p.m. CT match.
The Tigers are coming off a 5-2 win on the road at Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. Despite losing the doubles point, Auburn battled back to claim the match behind five wins in singles. Senior Daniel Cochrane posted a three-set victory over FGCU's Jordi Vives to snap the nation's longest winning streak of 14 matches.
Freshman Dante Saleh now holds the nation's longest winning streak with 11 straight wins in singles. Saleh, who is No. 85 in the latest ITA rankings, is 14-3 this season and is 7-0 in dual matches. Cochrane has also won nine straight singles matches and leads the Tigers with a 15-3 record this season in singles. The senior enters the weekend ranked No. 112 by the ITA.
The doubles pair of Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert continue to provide strong play for the Tigers at the top of the lineup. The duo is 12-1 this season, 5-0 in dual match play and is currently ranked 60th by the ITA.
No. 46 Georgia Tech (4-0) comes into Friday's match off a two-week layoff after a win over South Carolina, 4-2, on Jan. 31. The Yellow Jackets sport the nation's No. 15 doubles pair of Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura.
No. 23 Clemson (8-1) is riding a six-match winning streak entering Sunday's contest. The Tiger are led by No. 67 Hunter Herrington's 11-5 mark in singles, while Fernando Sala has an 11-3 record.
Auburn wraps up non-conference play next weekend at the Blue Gray Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. The three-day tournament begins on Friday, Feb. 21 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 23. The Tigers return home to the Yarbrough Tennis Center on March 7 versus Arkansas.
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