DJ Bennett for Auburn gets the SEC Freshman of the Week Honors

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DJ Bennett for Auburn gets the SEC Freshman of the Week Honors
DJ Bennett for Auburn gets the SEC Freshman of the Week Honors (Provided by Tennis World USA)

Auburn University's DJ Bennett gets the SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the first time, the league announced Wednesday. This is the fourth time that an Auburn player has been picked for the honor, as Kaitlyn Carnicella was named SEC Freshman of the Week on three occasions earlier this season.

Bennett will look to continue her impressive play on Friday when the Tigers battle Kentucky on the road at 11:00 CT. Bennett had a perfect weekend for the Tigers, going 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. Her straight set win over LSU's Nina Geissler gave Auburn their first point of the game which was ultimately won by the team 4-3.

She also recorded her third singles win over a ranked opponent on Sunday this season, defeating Texas A&M's Jayci Goldsmith, the 120th ranked singles player in the country, by a score of 6-3, 6-2. With the two singles hits, the freshman now has 11 singles double hits, which is tied for most on the Auburn team, and she has improved her singles conference record to 5-2.

Bennett also scored a doubles win with Carnicella on Friday, as the freshman duo defeated LSU's Nina Geissler and Nikita Vishwase by a score of 6-1.

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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