AUBURN, AL—The No. 21 Auburn men's tennis team will host No. 25 Mississippi State on Friday and No. 32 Ole Miss on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"We have two tough matches at home," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "Mississippi State is coming off a huge win against No. 4 Tennessee at home. Obviously, they have a very good team, and they have been able to beat us three out of the last four times, so Friday night will be a big challenge for us."
"On Sunday, we are playing a team that is basically had our number for a long time. Hopefully we come out and play a complete weekend. We are going to need it this weekend if we want to have a chance in either one of these matches."
Friday's matchup will be the 41st in history with the series tied at 20 apiece. On Sunday, the Tigers and Rebels will face off in for the 54th time, with Ole Miss owning a 24-29 advantage.
Last weekend, Auburn (12-7, 4-4 SEC) finished the weekend 1-1 after losing on Friday to No. 34 LSU, 5-2, and defeating No. 69 Arkansas on Sunday, 5-2. Auburn was led by senior Tim Puetz and sophomore Andreas Mies who both finished the weekend 2-0. On Sunday, the Tigers won the doubles point after Puetz and freshman Daniel Cochrane defeated Gregoire Lehmann and Matt Hogan, 8-3. On court two, No. 45 Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies topped Nikolas Zogaj and Mike Ward, 8-5. In singles, No. 15 Puetz, No. 118 Stamchev, Cochrane, and Mies all earned victories.
The Bulldogs (10-7, 5-3 SEC) clinched a major upset over fourth-ranked Tennessee on Friday as MSU ousted the Vols, 6-1. Freshman Malte Stropp extended his win streak to six on Saturday and earned the highest-ranked triumph of his career over 56th ranked Matteo Fago of Tennessee. On Sunday, MSU lost a tough 4-3 battle against ninth-ranked Georgia as the match came down to a third set on courts 2 and 3. Stropp has now won seven in a row after his two victories in singles this weekend while 77th ranked Louis Cant is on a seven-match win streak as well. In doubles action, juniors George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin swept the slate this weekend by defeating the 37th and 61st ranked tandems in the country.
Ole Miss (10-6, 4-4 SEC) dropped both its matches this past weekend to No. 9 Georgia, 4-3, and No. 4 Tennessee, 4-3. Marcel Thiemann picked up another top 25 win when he beat Georgia's No. 14 Wil Spencer on Friday. Chris Thiemann has won five in a row, including a win over 56th-ranked Matteo Fago on Sunday.
Fans can follow all the action this weekend with live stats at AuburnTigers.com. Both matches will be held at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.