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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Auburn remained unbeaten on the road in Southeastern Conference play this season, earning a 4-2 victory against No. 14 Vanderbilt on Friday at the Currey Tennis Center.

The Tigers (12-6, 4-4 SEC) picked up their consecutive win and third this season against a top-25 opponent and pulled back to .500 in conference play with a win against the Commodores (13-7, 4-4).

“That was a great college tennis match [on Friday],” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “I’m really proud of the guys. They played hard the whole match, and they played as a team.”

Auburn got off to a quick start with a pair of strong wins in doubles to take an early 1-0 lead. The team of Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren pulled away early and breezed to an 8-2 win against Vandy’s Rhys Johnson and Jeff Offerdahl at the third doubles line. Auburn secured the point at the No. 2 position as Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso took care of Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran 8-5.

Once again, Auburn’s No. 5-ranked team of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane had victory in their sights – they led VU’s Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe 7-4 – but were unable to add another in the win column as the doubles matches were halted after Auburn clinched the point.

The Tigers made it a 2-0 advantage as Lengsfeld, after moving up to the No. 3 singles line this week, defeated Offerdahl in consecutive sets 6-2, 6-0. But the Commodores fought back at the top of the lineup. Austin, ranked No. 62 in singles, defeated Cochrane at the No. 2 spot at 6-3, 6-3 and the Commodores tied things up at two as 17th-ranked Lipman outlasted Mies 6-2, 7-6 (8) at No. 1.

Lopasso won an epic battle at the fifth singles position, winning two tiebreakers to defeat van der Merwe 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8). 105th-ranked Ollert clinched the victory for the Tigers in thrilling fashion with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) win against Kris Yee at the No. 4 position.

Van Dooren won his first set against Johnson and was leading 5-4 in the second set when the match was halted.