AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn’s first outdoor match of the spring semester was a tight competition with Louisville until the end, when the Cardinals outlasted the Tigers 4-1 on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn.
Jan Galka and Tyler Stice had an early lead over Josh Howard-Tripp and Alex Westbrooks and won 6-3. Louisville won on court two, but Auburn’s Tad Maclean and Finn Murgett came out with a 7-5 win to earn a point for the Tigers.
In singles, four of the six matches went into the third set until the Cardinals had the team win of 4-1. Tim Dollman and Maxwell Giddens both won their first sets in singles, while Jan Galka and Tad Maclean both won in the second set. In a tiebreaker in the third set, Tyler Stice fell short 8-6.
The Auburn Tigers are now 2-3; Louisville 5-0. The Tigers will be in Tallahassee, Fl. next weekend with a match up against Florida State on Friday and Miami on Saturday. That will be the Tigers final matches before SEC play begins on February 18 at South Carolina.
Louisville 4, Auburn 1
#71 Tin Chen (UL) def. Tim Dollman (AU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Sergio Hernandez (UL) def. Tyler Stice (AU) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Jan Galka (AU) v Fabien Salle (UL) 6-2, 1-6, 4-5 unfinished
Josh Howard-Tripp (UL) def. Tad Maclean (AU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Matthew Fung (UL) def. Finn Murgett (AU) 6-3, 6-4
Maxwell Giddens (AU) v Clement Filho (UL) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 unfinished
Tad Maclean/Finn Murgett (AU) def. Matthew Fung/Fabien Salle (UL) 7-5
Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (UL) def. Tom Wright/Maxwell Giddens (AU) 6-3
Jan Galka/Tyler Stice (AU) def. Josh Howard-Tripp/Alex Westbrooks (UL) 6-3
Time of match: 2:49; Order of finish: Doubles: 3,2,1; Singles: 5,2,1,4; Official: Donna Jerome