Men's Tennis to Square Off with Auburn

by Elizabeth Stuart
Men's Tennis to Square Off with Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – The LSU men’s tennis team will square off with 45th-ranked Auburn in the Tigers’ second SEC matchup of the weekend scheduled for 1 p.m. CT Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala.
The Tigers (5-11, 2-5 SEC) are looking to snap a four-match skid as they square off against Auburn after the team narrowly missed a win at Alabama, 4-3. Auburn is 7-9 in dual action with a 3-4 SEC record heading into its match with LSU.
“Auburn has gotten better as the year has gone on,” LSU head coach Jeff brown said. “Some of the players that just arrived in January are starting to come along. Auburn’s top-three courts are one of the better lineups in the conference, and they have been a tough outing for us in recent years.”
LSU continues to be led by sophomore Neal Skupski at No. 34 in the rankings with a 6-6 record at the No. 1 court. Skupski also teams up with freshman Roger Anderson to list at No. 67 in the doubles rankings at 5-8 on the season.
On Auburn’s top-three courts are Tim Puetz, Tim Hewitt and Alex Stamchev. Puetz and Stamchev hold individual singles rankings. Puetz checks in at No. 20 with an 8-5 record on court one, and Stamchev lists at No. 107 with a 7-2 record at the third spot. The pair also comprises the No. 10 doubles team with an 8-4 mark.  Hewitt owns a 9-7 record and has split time on courts one and two.
LSU owns the advantage in the all-time series with a 30-12 record, but it was Auburn that took the 2009 meeting between the teams as they slipped past LSU, 4-3, in Baton Rouge.
The match marks the second to last time LSU will be on the road this season. The Tigers return to W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium on April 9 against Kentucky to kick off their last home stretch.
Following the match with Kentucky, LSU’s two final matches in the “Dub” will be April 11 against Vanderbilt and April 13 against South Florida. LSU will conclude the season on the road in Fayetteville, Ark. by taking on the Razorbacks in their final regular-season matchup.