May 25, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - Auburn's tennis season came to a close Saturday as senior Andreas Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane fell in their respective quarterfinal matches at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on the campus of the University of Illinois.
"It was a great tournament for us," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "These guys did a great job, and I'm happy for both of them. But I know they're disappointed. I think if we had played a little better today, we could have done more.
"Andy had his chances (in singles), he was up 3-1 in the third. He played well and put himself in a position to win, just didn't close the deal. But he played well this week, and I'm proud of him. It was a nice way to finish his career at Auburn this week in this tournament.
"In doubles, we got off to a bad start. We played well in the tournament, but we just didn't get off to a good start today. We were behind the 8-ball, trying to dig out of a hole early, and you can't do that against a really good team like we did today. But it's a nice way for Andy to finish, he did a good job for Auburn in his career, and he's got a lot of good things to look forward to. Dan's going to be a senior next year and hopefully can build on this."
Mies, ranked 19th nationally heading into the postseason, fell in a tight singles match to Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. It was Mies' farthest progression at the NCAA Championships in his four-year Auburn career and guaranteed an All-America selection for the senior from Niederkassel, Germany.
"I enjoyed this tournament," Mies said. "It was a lot of fun, playing a lot of good matches against a lot of good players, and I think it will help me as I go home to Germany and start playing professionally. I'm proud of how we played this week. And I'm proud of our results in doubles with Dan since the fall season. It's a little disappointing to go out of a tournament that way, not playing our best today, but looking at the whole season, I think we can be proud."
A few hours later, in the doubles quarterfinals, the sixth-ranked team of Mies and Cochrane fell to the nation's No. 2 team, Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke, 6-2, 6-3. The Tiger duo will also be an All-America selection after a stellar season which saw them win the ITA All-American Championship in October and ascend to the No. 1 national ranking for four weeks during the spring season.
"It was a good week, but it was a shame the way it ended today, not playing our best," Cochrane said. "But it was a great season from the word `go', when we started playing together and won the All-American. In the three college majors, we had a win at the All-American, semifinals at the National Indoor and quarterfinals at NCAAs. You can't be disappointed with that. If we'd know that at the beginning of the season, we'd have been pretty happy with that. I'm really thankful to have Andy by my side, and I'm glad about the season. I want to build on that for my senior year."
All of Saturday's matches were played indoors at Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center due to poor weather conditions in the area.
Mies finished his 2012-13 season with a 21-10 record in singles, and Mies and Cochrane posted a 21-9 overall record in doubles play. For Mies' career, he finished with an 83-36 singles record and a 64-47 mark in doubles. His 83 singles victories rank 10th all-time in Auburn history, his 64 doubles wins are ninth-best all-time, and his combined 147 wins are 10th-best at Auburn.
Mies also became the first Auburn player to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in both singles and doubles in the same season and was the sixth all-time singles quarterfinalist in Auburn history. Mies and Cochrane also combined for the fifth all-time NCAA doubles quarterfinal appearance by an Auburn team.
2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
May 25, 2013
Atkins Tennis Center - Urbana, Ill.
Singles - Quarterfinals
#11 Sebastian Fanselow (PEPP) def. #19 Andreas Mies (AU), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles - Quarterfinals
#2 Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) def. #6 Andreas Mies/Daniel Cochrane (AU), 6-3, 6-2