Nov. 7, 2012
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NEW YORK - Auburn's men's tennis doubles team of senior Andreas Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane are the top seed at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which begin Thursday morning at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Mies and Cochrane, ranked 24th in the ITA preseason doubles rankings, will face another SEC foe in their opening match at 10 a.m. ET Thursday in the round of 16. Tennessee's team of sophomore Mikelis Libietis and senior John Collins will await the Tigers. The Vol duo is unranked as a team, but Collins is ranked No. 6 and Libietis is 17th in doubles with different partners.
Auburn's duo earned an automatic berth and the top seed in the tournament after winning the ITA All-American Championship last month. Playing in their very first tournament as a doubles team, the Auburn pair defeated Virginia's team of Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, to claim Auburn's first-ever title at the All-American Championships.
That tournament win ranked among the biggest in the history of the Auburn program, along with the 1999 National Clay Court doubles title by Tiago Ruffoni and Stephen Huss, the 2002 NCAA doubles title by Andrew Columbo and Marc Kovacs, and Huss' 2005 Wimbledon doubles title.
Mies will be competing in his second National Indoor Championship. He qualified for the singles draw in 2011 by winning the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Title, but fell in both matches he played in New York. This will be the first appearance at the National Indoors for Cochrane.
Full coverage of the tournament is available at ITATennis.com, and live scoring will be available at GoColumbiaLions.com.