Oct. 9, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Auburn men's tennis team will return to the courts tomorrow for the third time this fall season to compete in the ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the campus of the University of Alabama. This is the third tournament of the fall for the Tigers and just one week removed from the ITA All-American Championships. All five of the players on roster will be suiting up this weekend, some in their third-straight tournament.
The tournament this weekend serves as a regional individual championship and also as a qualifier for the USTA/ITA National Indoors Championships, which will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. on Nov. 7-10.
Seniors Daniel Cochrane, Dennis Lengsfeld, junior Lukas Ollert, sophomore Joseph Van Dooren and freshman Dante Saleh will all be competing in the singles draw this weekend, while Saleh will be the only Tiger not playing in doubles. Cochrane and Ollert both have three singles wins on the year, but Saleh has also tallied two wins this season, both coming at the SEC Fall Classic last month.
Auburn is coming off an appearance at the ITA All-American Championships that saw Lengsfeld, Cochrane and Ollert all reach the second round of qualifying singles, but were not able to advance further. In doubles, Cochrane and Lengsfeld fell in the first round of qualifying and were not able to make the main doubles draw.
Ollert and Cochrane continue to hold singles rankings heading into this weekend's tournament. Ollert is the highest ranked Auburn player at No. 75 in the nation. Cochrane is currently No. 105 in singles according to the ITA. Cochrane and Lengsfeld also bring a top-25 ranking in doubles into the big tournament at No. 23.
Auburn will also bring in two of the seeded singles players in the field this weekend as Ollert will play as the six-seed, followed by Cochrane, who will be the eight-seed.
Ollert will be the first Tiger on the court in singles in the second round as he will face Shayann Vaezzadeh of South Alabama at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Lengsfeld will go up against SEC foe Zach Wilder of Ole Miss with first serve at 11 a.m.
Eighth-seeded Cochrane will play LSU's Harrison Kennedy at 11:30, while Van Dooren will play the only first round match for Auburn against Tulane's Ian Van Cott at 9:30 a.m. Saleh will complete the Auburn singles appearances against an opponent to be named later at 2 p.m. in the second round.
In doubles, Lengsfeld and Ollert will team up and have an automatic first round bye. They will play their first doubles match of the week on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Cochrane and Van Dooren will play Damian Farinola and Edgar Lopez in the second round of the doubles main draw on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
A complete recap with complete results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following each day's play.