Auburn freshman Billy Blaydes named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Auburn freshman Billy Blaydes named SEC Freshman of the Week
Auburn freshman Billy Blaydes named SEC Freshman of the Week (Provided by Tennis World USA)

The Auburn University freshman Billy Blaydes was named SEC Freshman of the Week. The England native earned the honor after notching two singles hits for the Tigers over the weekend. Blaydes will be aiming to continue his impressive play on Sunday when the Tigers host a doubleheader at Yarbrough Tennis Centre.

Auburn will face Vanderbilt at noon CT and Alabama A&M at 5pm. CT. Auburn's victory over fourth-ranked South Carolina on Friday was decided on court six, where Blaydes and Lucas da Silva had traded set wins to set up a match-winning third set for the team to win.

Blaydes dominated the final set 6-1 to capture his fourth straight singles win and dramatic team victory for the Tigers. Blaydes also defeated Florida's Togan Tokac Sunday in straight sets by a score of 6-2, 6-4. With the two wins, he's now won four consecutive games and eight of his last ten.

Blaydes currently holds a 12-3 record in doubles singles and is a perfect 7-0 in singles against SEC opponents.

About the Auburn University

Auburn is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest in the state.

Auburn University's sports teams are known as the Tigers and compete in Division I-A of the NCAA and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Auburn has won 19 intercollegiate championships (including 17 NCAA championships), three of them in football (1913, 1957, 2010), 8 in men's swimming and diving (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 ), 5 in women's swimming and diving (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), 2 in equestrian (2008, 2011), and one in women's track and field (2006).

Auburn has also won a total of 70 Southeastern Conference titles, 51 men's and 19 women's. Auburn's colors are orange and blue, chosen by George Petrie, the head coach of the college's football team, inspired by the colors of his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Auburn was founded on February 7, 1856 during the presidency of Franklin Pierce, as East Alabama Male College, a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1872 the college became the first public university to benefit from the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.

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