Aug. 25, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men's tennis team faces a tough 2009-10 schedule that features 10 teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
In Southeastern Conference play alone, the Tigers will face eight NCAA tournament teams from a year ago. During the fall season, Auburn will travel to nine tournaments and host the Auburn Fall Classic.
"We have a tough schedule this year with the number of SEC schools that were very successful last season," Eric Shore, head men's tennis coach, said. "We have fewer home matches this season so it will be important for us to win and win big."
Auburn opens the fall season with a trip to Tulsa, Okla., for the All-American Tournament, Oct. 2-11. The Tigers also travel to the Georgia Tech Tournament, Oct. 3-5, in Atlanta. On Oct. 22-25, the team travels to New Orleans for the ITA Regionals and close out the month with the South Carolina Tournament in Columbia, S.C., Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
November continues with the Florida State Tournament, Nov. 7-9, in Tallahassee, Fla. Auburn concludes the month with the Auburn Fall Classic, Nov. 20-22, at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"The home tournament is always a nice way to end the fall for the team," Shore said. "We look forward to hosting it again this year and look forward to the competition."
After a couple months off from competition, the Tigers return to action as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Tournament, Jan. 21-23. Concluding the tournament season is the National Indoor Qualifier in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 30-31.
Auburn begins dual play in February when the squad hits the road to take on UAB, Feb. 6, and has its home season opener on Feb. 10 against Troy. The team follows with three non-conference opponents starting at Georgia Tech (Feb. 17), at home against Southern Mississippi (Feb. 20) and at Tulsa (Feb. 28).
The SEC season starts March 5 with a home match against Tennessee and followed with another home match against Georgia, March 7. The team spends the next two weeks on the road, taking on three conference opponents (Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky) and NCAA Tournament qualifier North Carolina.
The Tigers are at home March 26-April 2 with matches against South Florida, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and LSU. The season concludes with three duals on the road, concluding with a match-up with rival Alabama, April 17.
The SEC Tournament will be held in Lexington, Ky., April 22-25, and the NCAA Tournament Championships will take place in Athens, Ga., May 20-31.