Auburn Doubles Team Advances To Semis

College Station, TX -- Auburn's doubles team of Andrew Colombo and Mark Kovacs have advanced to Sunday's semifinal round of the NCAA Championships after Saturday's victory over the Minnesota tandem of Thomas Haug and Harsh Mankad.

"The guys played very well today," head coach Eric Shore said. "This will mark the first time ever that an Auburn individual or doubles team will compete in a NCAA Semifinal match, so that in itself is a great accomplishment for these guys and the program."

Columbo and Kovacs, currently ranked 27th in the country, defeated the No. 33 team of Haug and Mankad, 6-4, 7-5, and will now face Illinois' Michael Calkins and Amer Delic in Sunday's semifinal match. The Illinois duo is the fourth seed in the tournament.

"We played solid the entire match,'' said Kovacs. ''The weather became a factor and we would like to thank Jayson Jurgel, our athletic trainer, for keeping us in good shape under the hot conditions."

"To be successful in Sunday's match," Kovacs said, "We cannot afford to give up any easy points against a team like Calkins and Delic. We just need to go out and continue to play like we have all week."

The All-American tandem improves its spring record to 23-3 on the season and will now look to earn a spot in Monday's NCAA Doubles Championship Final. Live scoring of Sunday's semifinal match can be found at

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