April 16, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn men’s tennis team heads to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the host Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday 3 p.m. in the second round of the SEC Men’s Tennis Championships at the Currey Tennis Center.
Auburn (14-12, 4-8 SEC) heads into the conference championship as the No. 9 seed, looking to snap a seven-match losing skid after starting the SEC slate with a 4-1 mark. The Tigers fell to Vanderbilt (14-9, 5-7 SEC), 4-3, back on March 30 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center earlier this year.
In their previous meeting, Auburn trailed 3-2 late in the match, but a win by junior Lukas Ollert over the Commodores 17th-ranked Gonzales Austin in three sets tied the match. Battling in a three-set match on court two, senior Daniel Cochrane had an opportunity to push the match in Auburn’s favor, but fell to the Commodores’ Ryan Lipman 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (5).
Eight-seeded Vanderbilt is a familiar foe for the Tigers at the SEC Tournament as Auburn faced the Commodores last season, falling, 4-1, in the second round of last year’s conference championships. The Tigers are 0-1 all-time against Vanderbilt, but have won six out of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
Cochrane leads the Tigers with a 14-4 record in dual match play in singles, but the senior looks to return to his winning ways after dropping his last three matches at the No. 2 line. Ollert picked up his second win over a ranked opponent in three weeks, dropping Tennessee’s Hunter Reese in straight sets on April 11.
Ollert is ranked 50th by the ITA in singles, while Cochrane is at No. 64 in the latest release. Cochrane and freshman Oliver Plaskett are ranked 60th in the nation in doubles, playing 13 matches for Auburn at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
If Auburn wins Thursday, the Tigers will advance to play top-seeded Georgia at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. That meeting would mark the second match between the two teams in a five-day period; Auburn fell to Georgia, 4-0, on April 13 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
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