Sept. 18, 2013
SEC Fall Classic Singles Draw
SEC Fall Classic Doubles Draw
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Auburn University men's tennis team opens its' 2013 fall season this week with play at the SEC Fall Classic in Nashville, Tenn., as four of its' players will compete in singles and doubles starting on Thursday. The tournament is slated to run through Sunday with all matches played at the Currey Tennis Center at Vanderbilt University.
Familiar names such as senior Daniel Cochrane, junior Lukas Ollert and sophomore Joseph Van Dooren will be making the trip along with newcomer freshman Dante Saleh. Ollert comes into this tournament ranked No. 75 in the preseason singles rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will be trying to continue the good play he had in his sophomore campaign that included a team-leading 21 singles wins.
"We're excited to get going with this first fall tournament," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We're going to see some tough competition right off the bat this season, so it will be a good barometer to see where we're at and what we need to work on. The guys have been practicing hard and I think they're ready to play against some of the same guys they'll see during the spring season."
Starting his final season as a Tiger, Cochrane comes off a 10 singles win season as the primary No. 2 player for Auburn. Two of those wins came against nationally ranked foes, Matt Kandath of Stanford and Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss along with three total conference victories.
Completing the veteran list for the tournament is Van Dooren, who is entering his second full season with eight singles wins under his belt, all at either the fifth or sixth position in dual play for the Tigers. Van Dooren did tally three conference wins also, coming against Mississippi State, LSU and Arkansas.
Van Dooren will faces Alabama's Hayes Brewer in the first round of singles play on Thursday with first serve at 8 a.m. Ollert, Saleh and Cochrane all have first round byes. Ollert will face LSU's Eric Perez at 10 a.m., Saleh will go up against Tennessee's Hunter Reese at 10 a.m. and Cochrane will play Mike Nott from Arkansas at 10:30 a.m.
In doubles, Cochrane and Van Dooren will team up to play Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt starting at 1:30 p.m., while Ollert and Saleh will face LSU's Tam Trinh and Andrew Korinek at 2:30 p.m.
First singles match for the tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. There will be a singles consolation for first and second round losers, but there will be no doubles consolation. Live stats will not be available, but full results and updated draws will be available after each day's play on AuburnTigers.com.
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