March 28, 2013
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AUBURN - The 32nd-ranked Auburn men's tennis team will hope to keep its momentum going this weekend as they hit the road in conference play for a pair of matches at Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
The Tigers (11-6, 3-4 SEC) will face the 14th-ranked Commodores (13-6, 4-3) at 2 p.m. Friday at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville, then travel to Lexington to face eighth-ranked Kentucky (16-6, 4-3) at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT) Sunday at the Boone Tennis Complex.
Auburn is coming off a big win over then-No. 18 Florida on Sunday, with the 4-0 sweep of the Gators being the Tigers' first win over Florida since 2009. It also snapped a three-match home skid, and came at a crucial point in the season with four of Auburn's final five matches being on the road against top-15 competition.
Senior Andreas Mies continues to be a force at the No. 1 position, where he has put together a 12-3 record in dual match play, including a 5-2 mark in the SEC. He also moved up to No. 34 in the latest ITA singles rankings. Sophomore Lukas Ollert and junior Daniel Cochrane also remained in the rankings, with Ollert at No. 105 and Cochrane at No. 106.
In doubles, Mies and Cochrane enter the week ranked No. 5 in the nation, boasting a 17-5 overall record for the year, including a 10-4 mark at the No. 1 spot in dual match play. The team of junior Dennis Lengsfeld and senior Lucas Lopasso, while unranked, has been a huge key for the Tigers in dual play with a 13-4 record at the No. 2 spot, including a 4-3 mark in the SEC.
Vanderbilt comes into the weekend on a two-match skid, having dropped both contests last week to No. 6 Georgia and No. 9 Tennessee, both by 4-2 scores. The Commodores are 9-2 at home this year. Ryan Lipman, ranked No. 17 in singles, leads Vanderbilt with a 25-7 overall record this year, including a 15-3 dual match mark (5-2 SEC) at the No. 1 spot. Gonzales Austin owns a 9-7 dual match mark, including a 7-5 record at the No. 2 spot, earning the No. 62 national ranking. In doubles, the team of Austin and Suresh Eswaran is ranked No. 78.
Kentucky also dropped both matches last weekend to Tennessee and Georgia, but the defending regular-season SEC Champions got wins at the top two singles spots against top UGA opponents. The losses for UK were the first at home for the Wildcats in more than a year. Anthony Rossi leads the Wildcats from the top singles line where he has a 15-3 dual record (4-1 SEC) and is ranked No. 18 nationally. Tom Jomby has also been a force at the second singles spot, putting together a 12-4 dual mark (4-2 SEC) and earning a No. 24 national ranking. In doubles, the team of Jomby and Kevin Lai are ranked No. 19 nationally.
Auburn defeated Vanderbilt at home last season by a 4-3 margin but fell to Kentucky on the road, 4-0. Live results for Friday's match will be available at VUCommodores.com, and live results for Sunday can be found at UKAthletics.com.