Alabama Men’s Tennis Hosts No. 20 Ole Miss, Travels to No. 25 Auburn in Weekend Matches

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –– The Alabama men’s tennis team (4-9, 0-1 SEC) welcomes No. 20 Ole Miss (10-4, 0-1 SEC) to the Alabama Tennis Stadium Friday at 6 pm CT for the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference home opener. Following its match on Friday, Alabama hits the road Sunday to face No. 25 Auburn (12-2, 1-0 SEC) at 1 pm CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

The Match

Ole Miss:
Dates: Friday, March, 11
Time: 6 pm CT
Location: Tuscaloosa
Venue: Alabama Tennis Stadium

Auburn:
Dates: Sunday, March, 13
Time: 1 pm CT
Location: Auburn, Ala.
Venue: Yarbrough Tennis Center

How to Follow

  • Links to live scoring and the video streams will be available at RollTide.com. Updates will be provided on the team’s Twitter account, @AlabamaMTN.

The 2022 Crimson Tide

  • Filip Planinsek and German Samofalov rank 28th as a doubles pair in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings
  • Alabama opened SEC play last week, traveling to the then-No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats
  • Despite a 7-0 loss, Enzo Aguiard forced a first-set tiebreaker at the No. 2 singles spot, while Joao Ferreira and Zach Foster battled into a third set at courts five and six, respectively
  • Aguiard and Planinsek lead the team in singles with Aguiard holding an 8-4 overall record in dual matches and Planinsek going 7-5 during the dual-match season

A Heated Series Against the Rebels

  • Alabama and Ole Miss will compete for the second time this season after the two teams faced off in a non-conference road match on Jan. 22
  • The then-No. 18 Rebels recorded a 4-3 win against the Tide
  • The two teams will go head-to-head for the 77th time this weekend with Ole Miss leading the series 40-36
  • The last time the two teams played in a conference match was during the 2021 season with Alabama upsetting the No. 9 Rebels 4-3
  • Alabama and Ole Miss have met 15 times since the 2013 season with 10 of those matches being decided by a 4-3 score and another four being decided by two points (4-2)

The Rebels

  • Nikola Slavic enters the weekend ranked 21st in singles, while Jan Soren Hani is ranked 104th
  • In doubles, the pairing of Lukas Engelhardt and Finn Reynolds is ranked second
  • Ole Miss is coming off a recent loss, dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 2 Tennessee in its SEC opener
  • John Hallquist Lithen and Slavic pace the team in singles as both athletes have eight wins this season while Engelhardt and Reynolds are 10-1 in doubles action

Head-to-Head with Auburn

  • Alabama leads the overall series 62-34-1
  • Under head coach George Husackthe Tide holds a 7-3 all-time advantage over the Tigers
  • Auburn won the last meeting, edging UA 4-3 during the 2021 season

The Tigers

  • The Tigers will compete in a pair of SEC matches, traveling to Arkansas on Friday before its Sunday match with the Tide
  • Auburn is 12-2 on the season and enters the weekend ranked No. 25
  • Tyler Stice ranks 83rdTad Maclean ranks 110th and Jan Galka ranks 124th in singles
  • Auburn opened SEC action last Friday, hosting LSU at the Yarbrough Tennis Center
  • AU defeated LSU 5-2 in the match, winning the doubles point followed by singles wins on courts one, two, four and six
  • The team also captured a 7-0 win over Indiana last weekend

Get the latest information on the team by following AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

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