Oct. 27, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn head men's tennis coach Eric Shore announced the 2011 spring schedule Wednesday that's highlighted by 12 home matches and three regular season tournaments.
The Tigers will face nine teams that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, including six SEC opponents.
"We have a very challenging schedule this year," Shore said. "We start the season with a handful of home matches against non-conference opponents and we hope to use that time at home to prepare the team for another tough SEC schedule."
Auburn opens the season with the Auburn Invitational, Jan. 21-23, at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center. The invite will feature the Tigers, Navy and SEC opponents Arkansas and Mississippi State. Auburn closes out the month with another tournament, traveling to Lubbock, Texas, for the ITA National Indoor Qualifier, Jan. 29-30.
The Tigers kick off the dual season by hosting five-straight non-conference matches. Auburn takes on Troy on Feb. 6 and follows with matches against Southern Miss (Feb. 11), North Carolina (Feb. 12), UAB (Feb. 16) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 20). The Tigers conclude their busy February schedule with the Blue Gray National Classic, Feb. 25-27, in Montgomery.
"Our matches against North Carolina and Georgia Tech will be key for us," Shore said. "Those are two very tough opponents and it will be helpful to play them at home."
The SEC season starts March 4 as Auburn is set to travel to Georgia and then follows with a trip to Tennessee, March 6. The team opens its SEC home schedule against South Carolina (March 11) and Florida (March 13). Auburn takes a break from SEC play and will head to Tampa, Fla., for a match against South Florida on March 16.
The Tigers return to conference competition on March 19 at Vanderbilt and then comes home for a match against Kentucky (March 26). Auburn's final road trip will take it to Arkansas (April 1) and LSU (April 3).
The team closes out the regular season with three matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers face Mississippi State (April 8), Ole Miss (April 10) and Alabama (April 16) before heading into postseason play.
The 2010 SEC Championships will be held in Gainesville, Fla., April 21-24, and the NCAA Championships will take place in Palo Alto, Calif., May 19-30.