Men's Tennis Opens SEC Play at Kentucky and Vanderbilt this Weekend

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Alexey Tsyrenov
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Alexey Tsyrenov
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 28, 2007

Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn men's tennis team makes two more stops on the road this weekend, as they take on the Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Friday's match will be played out at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky., against the Wildcats, 6-4, at 5:00 p.m. Auburn will move on to Nashville, Tenn., encountering the Commodores, 6-4, at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers, 6-1, hope to regain their momentum after their first loss of the season on Feb. 24 against Tulsa.

Between the Tigers and Wildcats, the series record stands at 20-22 with Kentucky slightly in the lead, but Auburn is looking for a comeback after losing last year's match against the Wildcats, 5-2. Both teams are on the prowl to prove themselves in their first SEC match of the spring season.

On the other hand, Auburn has the advantage against the Commodores, strolling into Vanderbilt territory with a 25-14 series record. The Tigers dominated last year's match, 7-0, and haven't been defeated by Vanderbilt since 2004.

After a tough one-point loss at Tulsa, the Tigers are hungry to get back on their winning streak. Senior Robbert Lathouwers, who has dominated in the No.2 position this season, walks into singles play with a flawless 7-0 record. Following suit, junior Pawel Dilaj and sophomore Alexey Tsyrenov are also approaching Kentucky with impressive 7-0 records in singles matches. With only one loss in singles play, senior Alex Schweizer, 5-1, is bound to protect his No.1 spot fiercely against the Wildcats. Tsyrenov and sophomore Milan Krnjetin are likely to do the same in doubles play, as they fight to maintain a 3-1 record.

Both Kentucky and Vanderbilt played Furman this past week, with Kentucky dropping the match, 4-3, and Vanderbilt triumphing, 5-2. Kentucky redeemed themselves and won their match, 5-1, against Eastern Kentucky on the same day. Auburn will be Vanderbilt's second SEC match, as the Commodores host Alabama at home on Friday.