Auburn men's tennis prepares for No. 24 Vanderbilt

AUBURN—The No. 26 Auburn men's tennis team will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on their 13th ranked opponent of the season in No. 24 Vanderbilt (9-6, 0-4 SEC) on Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center.

"This is going to be a tough matchup," head coach Eric Shore said. "They are a very good team, and we have to come out ready to play."

Sunday will be the 45th meeting between the Commodores and the Tigers, with Auburn holding a 29-15 advantage.

Auburn traveled to Tampa, Fla., for a midweek non-conference matchup against South Florida, and came away with a 5-2 victory. The Tigers swept doubles winning 8-5 on every court. Auburn senior Tim Puetz defeated No. 73 Lucas Jovita, 6-2, 6-1. No. 104 Alex Stamchev, No. 105 Daniel Cochrane, and No. 121 Andreas Mies also received a victory in Auburn's ninth win on the year.

Vanderbilt went 1-2 on the week, picking up a 6-1 win over Ball State on Wednesday and falling to Georgia, 6-1, and Tennessee, 4-3, over the weekend. Sophomore Ryan Lipman tallied five wins between singles and doubles over the week, including upsets over the sixth-ranked doubles pair of Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters of Georgia, 15th-ranekd Wil Spencer of Georgia and third-ranked Rhyne Williams of Tennessee. Vanderbilt took three singles matches from Tennessee, winning on courts one, four and six.

Up next for the Tigers is a home matchup with the Wildcats of Kentucky on Saturday March 26th at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match begins at 1:00 p.m. and admission is free.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics