BATON ROUGE - The No. 53 LSU men's tennis team (5-4, 0-2 SEC) is back home at the Dub this Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. CT for their SEC home opener against No. 37 Auburn (8-4, 0-2 SEC).
The Tigers are coming off a tough weekend after losing to No. 19 Vanderbilt (11-3, 2-0 SEC) 4-3 on Friday, March 1, 4-3 in Nashville, Tenn., and then dropping their match on Sunday, March 3, against No. 5 Kentucky (14-2, 2-0 SEC) 4-0 in Lexington, Ky.
"We have had great matches with Auburn for decades," head coach Jeff Brown said. "This one is important for both teams to build confidence in the beginning of a brutal conference schedule."
LSU leads the all-time series against Auburn 31-15. They last faced each other in Auburn, Ala., last year on March 11 where Auburn came away with a 5-2 victory over LSU.
Auburn had an impressive start to the dual-match season, winning seven of their first eight matches. They are currently riding a two-match losing streak, both of which were SEC matchups at home against No. 11 Mississippi State (12-2, 2-0 SEC) and No. 9 Ole Miss (8-2, 2-0 SEC).
Auburn has the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation with Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies. Mies is also the No. 107-ranked singles player. LSU is led in doubles by the No. 41 duo of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski.
The match is set for Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at the Dub. Admission is free and complimentary jambalaya will be served before the start of the match as well.
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