Auburn hosts South Carolina and No. 15 Florida

AUBURN – The No. 26 Auburn men's tennis team (7-4, 0-2 SEC) will host its first SEC home matches of the year on Friday against South Carolina (6-6, 1-1 SEC), and will square off with No. 15 Florida (9-3, 2-0 SEC) on Sunday. Both matches will be head at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.
"This is our SEC home opener and it would be great to have a big home crowd out here," head coach Eric Shore said. "We have to go after that first SEC win. We need to be ready for a very tough weekend ahead of us, but we are looking forward to being at home."
Friday will be the 27th meeting with the Gamecocks, with Auburn holding a 16-10 advantage. Sunday will mark the 48th match between the Tigers and Gators, with Florida holding a 33-14 lead.
Last Weekend
Auburn hit the road to square off against No. 13 Georgia and No. 2 Tennessee. On Friday, the Bulldogs came away with a 4-0 victory at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. On Sunday, Auburn fell to the Volunteers, 5-2. No. 117 Andreas Mies kept his undefeated season alive as he defeated No. 113 Boris Conkic, 7-6, 7-6. Auburn Freshman Daniel Cochrane came away with his first victory over a ranked opponent after he defeated No. 41 Matteo Fago, 6-3, 6-4.
Previewing the Gamecocks
South Carolina picked up head coach Josh Goffi's first SEC victory with a 4-3 decision over No. 69 Arkansas last week in the league opener. The Gamecocks remain undefeated when winning the doubles point, as seniors Johannes Pulsfort and Chris Sheehan battled for the win in the No. 3 match. It was the bottom of the singles order that delivered the win as Pulsfort in the No. 5 match and Harry Menzies in the No. 6 slot pulled out the final two wins South Carolina needed. Sophomore Alexander Kostanov stretched his dual-match singles record to 7-3 with a pair of wins on the weekend.
Previewing the No. 13 Gators
Florida opened its SEC slate with a pair of home victories against LSU and Arkansas. The Gators started the year off with a six-match winning streak, before suffering their first loss at No. 16 Illinois. Florida bounced back with a win over Stanford at the ITA Indoor Qualifiers before losing to Duke and UCLA. The Gators are led by sophomore Sekou Bangoura Jr and SEC Freshman of the Week Andrew Butz. 
Up Next
The Tigers will head to Tampa, Fla., for a non-conference matchup with South Florida on March 16. Auburn will return to SEC action on March 20, in Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics