March 27, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn men’s tennis team returns home to take on Kentucky Friday at 2 p.m. and face Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in a pair of key SEC matches.
The Tigers (14-7, 4-3 SEC) look to snap a two-match losing skid during their weekend slate of home matches. Auburn fell on the road at Florida, 4-0, and at South Carolina, 4-1, last weekend.
Auburn returns to the Yarbrough Tennis Center for the first time since March 9, when the Tigers defeated LSU, 4-1. The Tigers are 8-0 this year on their home court and Auburn hosts four of its next five matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center during the home stretch of the SEC schedule.
Senior Dan Cochrane continues to be a force for the Tigers at the top of the lineup, entering play with a 13-1 record in dual matches and is also 5-0 against SEC foes. The senior jumped to No. 64 in the latest ITA singles rankings, while junior Lukas Ollert returned to the rankings at No. 110. Ollert is 8-6 in dual match play this year.
In doubles, Cochrane and freshman Oliver Plaskett are ranked No. 49 by the ITA after earning a pair of wins over ranked opponent’s last weekend. Dennis Lengsfeld and Ollert have been solid for the Tigers at the No. 2 line, posting an 11-4 record in dual matches.
No. 13 Kentucky (13-5, 6-1 SEC) enters the weekend after winning five of its last six matches. The Wildcats’ Tom Jomby is ranked 11th by the ITA in singles with a 15-3 record in dual match play. Jomby is also ranked with Kevin Lai in doubles at No. 31.
No. 26 Vanderbilt (12-6, 3-4 SEC) has lost four out of its last five matches heading into Sunday’s match. In singles, Austin Gonzales is ranked 17th, while Ryan Lipman is the other Commodore inside the top-125 at No. 57. Gonzales and Lipman form the nation’s 4th-ranked doubles tandem with an 11-2 record in dual matches.
The Tigers defeated Vanderbilt on the road last year in Nashville, 4-2, but fell in Lexington, Ky. to Kentucky, 4-1, in 2013.
Admission is free to all Auburn home matches. On Sunday, the Tigers will give away stress balls to the first 75 fans in attendance and it is also Kids Club day at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
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