Auburn’s No. 24 men’s tennis team went undefeated with a pair of indoor victories Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, beating Tulane 6-1 and Alabama State 4-0.
Facing the Green Wave, the Tigers got off to a quick start in doubles. Auburn’s Best Tandem Tad Maclean and Finn Murget shut out Benji Jacobson and Charlie Barry of Tulane 6-0, and Jan Galka and Tyler Stice followed that up with a 6-3 win on court two over Fynn Kuenkler and Luc Hoeijmans to clinch the doubles point for Auburn.
Nationally ranked Jan Galkaplaying on court two, gave Auburn its first singles point against Tulane, in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Billy Suarez, and Tad Maclean followed by a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alex Bancila on court three. Finn Murget won the game for the Tigers with a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court five, and Tyler Stice and Will Nolan added wins for Auburn after the game decision.
In Game 2, Auburn earned the double point against Alabama State, trailing 6-3 wins by Will Nolan and Josh Raab on court three and Murgett and Maclean on court one.
The Tigers swept the first six sets and Galka was first on the scoreboard again with a 6-1, 6-1 win on court two over Ruan Du Preez. Jackson Rossplaying on court six, added a point for the Tigers with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Niila Magga, and Spencer Gray won the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Matis Amier on court five. The remaining singles matches were abandoned after the match’s conclusion.
‘We’re hitting all the cylinders in doubles’, Auburn head coach Bobby Reynolds noted. “I challenged the guys to go the whole season without losing in doubles, because I’m so confident in our doubles pairings and our doubles game as a whole.
“In singles we got better at times; we won five matches in straight sets against Tulane, which was solid. We did a good job of coming out strong in the first sets, and we were better emotionally when things weren’t going well. Alright. Let that frustration go and keep playing. In the end, we’ve found a way to advertise and it’s going to pay off for us.
Auburn is now 8-0 for the spring season and ranks in the Top 25 for the first time since the 2013 campaign. Tulane is 2-3 and Alabama State is 0. -3. The Tigers are back in action Friday at Middle Tennessee State.
#24 Auburn 6, Tulane 1
#95 Tyler Stice (AU) def. Luc Hoeijmans (UT) 6-4, 7-5
#84 Jan Galka (AU) def. Billy Suarez (UT) 6-2, 6-1
#85 Tad Maclean (AU) def. Alex Bancila (UT) 6-1, 6-3
Fynn Kuenkler (TU) defeated. Raul Dobai (AU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
Finn Murget (AU) def. Rafael de Alba (TU) 6-1, 6-3
Will Nolan (AU) def. Luka Petrovic (TU) 6-0, 7-6 (3)
Murgett/Maclean (AU) def. Benji Jacobson/Charlie Barry (TU) 6-0
#44 Galka/Stice (AU) def. Kuenkler/Hoeijmans (TU) 6-3
Dobai/Maxwell Giddens (AU) v Suarez/de Alba (TU) 4-3 unfinished
Duration of the match: 2h23; Order of finish: Doubles: 1.2; Singles: 2,3,5,6,1,4; Official: Donna Jerome
#24 Auburn 4Alabama State 0
#95 Tyler Stice (AU) v Chris Andre (ASU) 7-6 (3), 3-0 unfinished
#84 Jan Galka (AU) def. Ruan Du Preez (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Will Nolan (AU) vs. Juan Rodriguez (ASU) 6-2, unfinished 4-2
Josh Raab (AU) vs. Kristofer Johnson (ASU) 6-3, unfinished 5-2
Spencer Gray (AU) def. Matis Amier (USA) 6-2, 6-4
Jackson Ross (AU) def. Niila Magga (USA) 6-3, 6-1
Murgett/Maclean (AU) def. Andre/Rodriguez (ASU) 6-3
Galka/Stice (AU) def. Du Preez/Sam Bajracharya (USS) 6-4
Will Nolan/Josh Raab (AU) def. Amier/Johnson (USA) 6-3
Duration of the match: 2h01; Finishing order: Doubles: 3,1,2; Singles: 2,6,5; Official: Donna Jerome