May 9, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn men’s tennis team will make its 22nd overall appearance in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships as they open play against Harvard in the first round at 11 a.m. CT Saturday. The match will take place at the Headington Family Tennis Center at the University of Oklahoma.
The winner of the Auburn-Harvard match faces the winner of No. 2 seed Oklahoma (23-3) and Montana (13-11) on Sunday. Saturday’s meeting between Auburn and Harvard marks the first matchup since 2004.
“It’s like a fresh start. We had a little bit of down time, but it gave us the preparation we needed,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “Harvard is a good team and we’ve got to find a way to recharge and get ready to play. I hope we go in Saturday and play hard and play with confidence.”
The Tigers (14-13) are making their 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight trip to Norman, Okla. Auburn has also played in the NCAA Tournament in 20 of the last 21 seasons all under the direction of Shore. The Tigers are looking to get back to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, after falling to NC State, 4-1, a year ago in the first round.
Senior Daniel Cochrane and junior Lukas Ollert lead the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament after both players were recently selected to the All-SEC Second Team. Cochrane owns a team-best 24-8 overall record in singles and also leads the club with a 14-5 mark in dual matches. Ollert is 11-8 in dual matches during the 2014 season and has anchored Auburn’s lineup at the No. 1 line. Senior Dennis Lengsfeld has continued to play well for Auburn at the No. 3 spot in the lineup is 11-7 in dual matches.
Harvard (17-6) finished second in the Ivy League during the regular season to earn an at-large selection. The No. 31 Crimson finished the year on a six-match winning streak and are led by junior Denis Nguyen, who is 11-4 in dual matches in singles. Nguyen also holds the No. 1 line in doubles with teammate MacMaster and the pair is 9-8 in dual matches.
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