April 13, 2012
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No. 16 Auburn vs. No. 48 Alabama | Saturday, April 14 | 5 p.m.
Alabama Tennis Complex | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's 16th-ranked men's tennis team will play its final match of the 2012 regular season on Saturday when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 48 Alabama at the Alabama Tennis Complex.
The Tigers (15-8, 4-6 SEC) are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a pair of home matches last weekend to Tennessee and Georgia, both of whom are ranked in the nation's top 15 this week. Meanwhile, Alabama (10-13, 2-8 SEC) is playing some of its best tennis of the year coming into the weekend with wins over Tennessee, UAB and Samford in the last week.
Auburn got strong play last weekend from junior Andreas Mies, who won both of his singles matches and one of two doubles matches to lead the Tigers. Mies, who moved up to No. 19 in the latest ITA singles rankings, downed Tennessee's No. 42 Mikelis Libietis in straight sets on Friday, then earned Auburn's highest-ranked win of the year as he rolled past Georgia's No. 8 Wil Spencer in Sunday's match.
Mies also teamed up with senior Alex Stamchev to earn a hard-fought doubles win in the match against Georgia as the nation's 14th-ranked duo defeated UGA's Hernus Pieters and Ignacio Taboada, 9-7. For Stamchev, it was his 104th career doubles victory and his 206th overall win between singles and doubles. He is now one victory shy of matching Marcel van der Merwe for the all-time Auburn combined wins record; van der Merwe had 207 wins from 1984-87.
Alabama vaulted up the rankings from No. 71 to No. 48 after their 6-1 win over then-No. 19 Tennessee on Sunday. The Crimson Tide are led by 102nd-ranked Daniil Proskura, who has an 18-12 overall record this season, including 8-7 in dual matches. In addition, Vikram Reddy is ranked 119th and Ricky Doverspike is 121st in the latest ITA release. In doubles, the team of Doverspike and Jarryd Botha comes in at No. 34 in the ITA rankings, while Proskura and Carlos Taborga are ranked No. 72.
Alabama holds a 40-32 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1950, the first year of Auburn tennis. But the Tigers have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 4-0 win in Auburn last year.
The match is set for a 5 p.m. start at the Alabama Tennis Complex. Live scoring will be available through rolltide.com.