May 23, 2013
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URBANA, Ill. - Auburn picked up two wins at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on Thursday as singles player Andreas Mies and the doubles team of Mies and Daniel Cochrane advanced to their respective rounds of 16 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center.
"Our guys really stepped up today," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "Andy stepped up big-time against a really tough guy; he's lost something like four matches in college. He makes everything. And Andy earned it, he did a great job. And then Dan stepped up in doubles. Our first set point at 6-5, he dug out this ball, and the match was basically over after that. It really helped, because it lifted Andy after what had been a long day, and we got on them early in the second set. It's great for Andy, he makes All-American for the first time singles. And good for Dan, waiting around all day, and then he gets it done. Great day for us."
Mies, a senior from Niederkassel, Germany, secured a selection as an ITA All-American in singles with a second-round victory over Virginia's Mitchell Frank. Mies, ranked 19th in the nation, fought back from an early deficit to claim a three-set victory over 39th-ranked Frank, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, to hand Frank just his second singles loss of the 2013 season. The Virginia sophomore, last year's national freshman of the year, lost for just the fourth time in singles play as a collegiate athlete (59-4).
It marks Mies' first nod as a singles All-American and marks Auburn's first Sweet 16 singles appearance since Tim Puetz advanced to the semifinals in 2010. Mies is also one of just two Southeastern Conference players left in the singles draw; South Carolina's Tsvetan Mihov is the other.
A few hours later, Mies teamed up with Cochrane, a junior from Alton, England, and earned a spot in the doubles round of 16 as the sixth-ranked Auburn duo downed California's 26th-ranked team of Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt, 7-5, 6-1.
The Tigers' doubles team had already earned All-America honors by virtue of being named a top-eight seed for the NCAA doubles championship.
Mies will face 45th-ranked Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal in the singles round of 16 Friday morning with the match tentatively set for a 10 a.m. start.
In doubles, Mies and Cochrane will face 60th-ranked Lucas Ana and Victor Valente of Georgia State, who pulled an upset over Kentucky's team of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai in the first round. A start time has not been set for that match.
Live video and live scoring for all matches is available at FightingIllini.com. Fans can also follow @MensTennisAU and @NCAATennis2013 for live updates.
2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
May 23, 2013
Khan Outdoor Tennis Center - Urbana, Ill.
Singles - Round of 32
#19 Andreas Mies (AU) def. #39 Mitchell Frank (UVA), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles - Round of 32
#6 Andreas Mies/Daniel Cochrane (AU) def. #26 Campbell Johnson/Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL), 7-5, 6-1