Men's tennis returns home to face Arkansas, LSU

March 6, 2014

 No. 36 Auburn (11-5, 1-1 SEC) vs. Arkansas/LSU
 Date & Time  Friday, March 7 & Sunday, March 9 | 2 p.m. (Friday) & 1 p.m. (Sunday)
 Location  Auburn, Ala. | Yarbrough Tennis Center
 Live Stats  Arkansas | LSU
 Online  Twitter: @MensTennisAU | Facebook: Auburn Men's Tennis
 

AUBURN, Ala. ­– The No. 36 Auburn men’s tennis team opens up its home SEC slate this weekend at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers take on Arkansas at 2 p.m. on Friday and LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Admission is free for both matches and live stats will be available for each contest. The Tigers have played the last five weekends on the road, including the opening weekend of conference play that included SEC matches at Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

“We are looking forward to being home after five straight weekends on the road. I know the guys are glad to be back at home and every weekend of SEC play is big, so this is no different,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said.

Auburn (11-5, 1-1 SEC) enters the pair of matches after splitting last weekend with Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Tigers snapped a losing skid at Ole Miss that dated back to 1986 last Friday with a 4-2 win in Oxford, but Auburn was downed by No. 16 Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon.

“It was nice to get that win at Ole Miss and the monkey off our back, it was a great win for our guys,” Shore said. “We started outside and won doubles. Then had the rain delay, but I thought we handled that well, going inside to play and then we went up 3-1. We got down early in all three matches that were left on court, but all of the guys fought back to clinch the match.”

In dual match play, senior Daniel Cochrane leads the Tigers with a 10-1 record and finished 2-0 last weekend. The senior holds a 20-4 overall record and leads the team in singles wins. Freshman Dante Saleh has provided the Tigers with 16 singles wins at the bottom of the lineup, while senior Dennis Lengsfeld
is 4-1 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup and 13-7 overall.

In doubles, Lengsfeld and teammate Lukas Ollert continue to be Auburn’s most consistent doubles pair and lead the team with a 16-3 overall record, 9-2 in dual matches.

Arkansas (8-8, 0-2 SEC) comes to town after a pair of home losses to begin conference play last weekend. The Razorbacks were swept 7-0 by 14th-ranked Vanderbilt on Friday, then dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 25 Kentucky on Sunday. Auburn defeated Arkansas, 5-2, last year in Fayetteville.

LSU (6-5, 0-2 SEC) also fell in both matches last weekend at home. The Tigers fell, 5-2, to No. 25 Kentucky and were defeated 4-1 by No. 14 Vanderbilt on Sunday in Baton Rouge.

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