Auburn's Dynamic Duo Wins National Award

Auburn, Ala.--Senior <b>Mark Kovacs</b> and freshman <b>Andy Colombo</b> have been honored as the nation's top doubles team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after their strong run through the NCAA Tennis Tournament.

Colombo and Kovacs won the NCAA men's tennis doubles title last month in College Station, Tex., becoming the first Auburn tennis players to win an NCAA title. They also helped the Tigers reach the quarter-finals of team play at the nationals.

Andy Colombo is shown in action at the Luther Young Tennis Center.

Kovacs, who earned his Auburn degree in May, is currently playing on the professional circuit in Europe. Colombo, who will be a sophomore next season, is playing as an amateur in pro tournaments in Jamaica. Colombo, who played No. 3 three singles for the Tigers, is considering turning pro if has a successful run on the summer circuit.

The dynamic Tiger duo defeated second-seeded Scott Lipsky and David Martin of Stanford 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to take the NCAA doubles title on the campus of Texas A&M. The pair finished their spring season with a 26-3 record as a doubles team.

Kovacs says the Tiger duo had a good feeling prior to the competition that they could make a run at the doubles title. "We believed that we were as good as anyone else out there," Kovacs tells Inside the Auburn Tigers " It was just whether we came to play on the day that the tournament was on, which we were able to do. It was great."

Andy Colombo

Colombo predicted a strong run in the NCAA Tournament and produced dramatic results. He says the semi-final opponent from the University of Illinois were his toughest to contend with in windy College station. "I think that team gave me the most trouble," Colombo notes. "They are coached really well. Their head coach, you know, is very respectable. He has a couple of players up in the Top 50 in the world. They have a really good understanding of doubles."

Auburn coach Eric Shore says, "This is quite an honor for Andy and Mark to be named the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year. Considering the way they played all year and, especially in the tournament, they are very deserving of this award."

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