March 25, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - After two weeks on the road, the No. 65 Auburn men's tennis team returns to the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center for a pair of home matches. The Tigers take on No. 72 South Florida Friday at 10:30 a.m. and will then face No. 23 Vanderbilt Sunday at 1 p.m.
"It's nice to be back at home for two tough matches this weekend," head coach Eric Shore said. "We're very familiar with this South Florida team, playing them twice last year. We know the team they have and hopefully we'll be ready to play. Vanderbilt has a very experienced team that is coached well and will be a big challenge for us."
The Tigers (4-9, 1-4 SEC) have a 16-5 overall record against South Florida. The team faced the Bulls on two occasions last season and came away with two victories, including a win in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Team Tournament. Auburn traveled to Vanderbilt last year and topped the Commodores by a score of 5-2 to improve its series record to 28-15 overall.
South Florida Bulls
South Florida enters the week as the No. 72 team in the country. The Bulls are 6-9 on the season and are coming off a Wednesday night win over DePaul, 5-2. The 2009 BIG EAST Champion team is led by the No. 104 singles player in the country in Wael Kilani, who is coming off a straight-set win over Alasdair Graetz of DePaul.
The No. 23 Vanderbilt Commodores stand at 10-6 overall and 2-3 in SEC play this season. The team recently picked up a 5-2 win over Alabama Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center. Ryan Lipman enters the weekend as the No. 38 singles player in the country and holds a 9-6 overall mark at No. 1 singles. A pair of Vanderbilt doubles teams is ranked in the top 50 nationally. Adam Baker and Charlie Jones are No. 31 in the country, while Lipman and partner Vijay Paul are the 42nd-ranked doubles team.
At North Carolina & Kentucky
The Auburn men's tennis team concluded its two-week road swing at No. 22 North Carolina and No. 9 Kentucky this weekend. The Tigers fell to the Tar Heels by a highly-contested score of 4-3 on Friday. After losing the doubles point, Auburn got on the board after the conclusion of No. 1 singles, seeing the 23rd-ranked Tim Puetz top No. 39 Donato in two sets, 6-0, 6-2. Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies also picked up wins during the match. On Sunday, The Tigers fell to the Wildcats, 4-0, at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Auburn continues its stay at home, hosting a pair of SEC teams at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center next weekend. The Tigers host Arkansas on April 2, beginning at 5 p.m. Auburn then faces LSU at 1 p.m. on April 4.