Jan. 3, 2013
Auburn senior Andreas Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane are ranked as the No. 2 men's doubles team in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings, which were released Thursday.
Mies, a senior from Niederkassel, Germany, and Cochrane, a junior from Alton, England, teamed up as one of the nation's best doubles teams during the fall season. Competing in two of the college "major" events, the duo posted a 7-1 record in the fall, winning the title at the ITA All-American Championships and advancing to the semifinals at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
It marks the highest ranking for an Auburn doubles team since Tim Puetz and Alex Stamchev claimed the top spot in the rankings early in the 2010 season.
The Tigers are ranked No. 21 nationally as a team in the 2013 season's initial release, matching their spot in the preseason polls from a year ago. Auburn finished the 2012 season ranked 19th in the country and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In singles, Mies is the lone Auburn representative in the initial ITA rankings at No. 74. He posted a 5-2 record in the fall season after finishing the 2012 dual season ranked No. 23 nationally.
Four Tigers were ranked in the Southern Region preseason top 20 as well. Mies is No. 4 in singles, with senior Lucas Lopasso at No. 9, junior Dennis Lengsfeld at No. 13, and sophomore Lukas Ollert ranked No. 15. Cochrane and Mies earned the top spot in the regional doubles rankings.
Auburn kicks off the 2013 dual match season with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers will face Jacksonville State at 11 a.m., followed by a match against Mercer at 5 p.m.