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.