Auburn University is ready for three challenges this weekend

The Tigers will take on Alabama, Mississippi State and Alabama A&M

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Auburn University is ready for three challenges this weekend
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Auburn University men's tennis team is set to play three home matches over the weekend, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers will face Alabama on Friday at 3 p.m. CT, Mississippi State and Alabama A&M.

Auburn will look to bounce back after losing its last three games on the road to Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Arkansas. Currently, the Tigers' SEC record of 4-4 is fifth best in the conference. Sophomore Billy Blaydes has continued to be consistent for the Tigers, as he has won each of his last nine singles matches and has a team-best 16-3 singles match record.

Alabama will enter Friday's game with a 15-10 overall record and just below Auburn in the SEC standings with a 4-5 conference record. The two teams faced each other earlier this season at the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic in February.

This past weekend, the Crimson Tide dropped both road games to No. 8 Tennessee and No. 13 Mississippi State. The team dropped from 21st to 23rd in the ITA team rankings.

Alabama has three singles players in the ITA rankings, including No. 48 Flilip Plannisek. Plannisek holds an 18-11 overall record and an 11-9 record atop the Tide's singles lineup.

On Sunday, Auburn will host a doubleheader against Mississippi State and Alabama A&M. Mississippi State currently has a 15-5 overall record and an impressive 7-2 record in conference play. The team is in the midst of a four-game winning streak, with wins over Ole Miss and Alabama on Friday and Sunday.

Friday will be Auburn's annual All Auburn, All Orange game and fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and are encouraged to wear orange. Sunday will be Kids Day at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and fans in attendance will receive free Kona Ice during doubles point.

Auburn coach Bobby Reynolds explained: “We've been really successful playing at home and hopefully we'll get back to that in our last few games against some of the best in the conference. Hopefully this will relax the guys. Playing in Yarbrough and in front of the home crowd will help to relax the mind and in those moments of great pressure, we are able to distance ourselves and take some energy from the audience to help us."

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