March 20, 2008
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AUBURN - The No. 22 Auburn men's tennis team returns to Southeastern Conference action this weekend as the Tigers (8-6, 2-2 SEC) host No. 34 Vanderbilt (9-4, 1-3 SEC) and travel to No. 63 Kentucky (6-8, 1-3 SEC).
Action against the Commodores begins at 1:30 p.m. CT, Friday at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center. Following the match, Auburn will travel to Lexington, Ky., for a 12 p.m. CT match against the Wildcats.
Auburn is coming off a semi-final appearance last week at the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery. The Tigers defeated Brown and Oklahoma State before falling to Texas Tech.
Vanderbilt started off the season by winning its first five matches, suffering its first loss of the season in a 5-2 decision to Michigan.
The Commodores then won their next three non-conference matches to finish with an 8-1 mark in non-conference play. Vanderbilt is 1-3 so far in SEC play, defeating South Carolina (4-3) while losing to Florida (6-1), Arkansas (4-3) and LSU (6-1).
Leading the Commodores is Ryan Preston, ranked No. 75 by the ITA, and No. 101 Vijay Paul. Preston and Paul are both 8-5 overall in dual match singles.
Auburn leads 25-15 all-time against Vanderbilt. Head coach Eric Shore holds an 11-6 record against the Commodores.
The Wildcats come into the match with a 6-8 overall record, 1-3 in SEC play. UK started off the season with four-straight non-conference wins before falling to Miami (4-3); a loss that opened a three-match losing streak that included a 4-3 loss to top-ranked Virginia.
Kentucky finished with a 5-5 non-conference mark that included a 6-1 non-conference loss to Tennessee. Since starting SEC play, the Wildcats have defeated South Carolina (5-2) while losing to Florida (6-1), LSU (4-0) and Arkansas (4-2). UK is led by junior Bruno Agostinelli, who is ranked No. 48 in the country by ITA.
Auburn and Kentucky are tied 22-22 in the all-time series. Head coach Eric Shore has been just as close in his time as Auburn's coach, posting an 11-10 record against the Wildcats.
Admission to Friday's match against Vanderbilt at the Yarbrough Tennis Center is free. Fans that cannot make it out can follow the action with live stats at www.AuburnTigers.com.