Bulldogs fall at Auburn Thursday

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 2, 2013

Andalusia tennis coach Perry Dillard said the Bulldogs are still young and working every day to get better.

The Bulldogs returned from Auburn late Thursday night, where they fell 0-9 in both boys and girls action.

“Auburn’s pretty good,” Dillard said. “They played several matches and this was only our second one. We found some things we need to work on. We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

Dillard said his No. 5 guy — Tucker Foshee — sprained three ligaments in his ankle while walking backward to a drill.

As a result, the boys tennis coach had to make some adjustments on the team.

“We had to move some folks around,” Dillard said. “Our doubles teams weren’t the same. We had a whole new set up in doubles. In the No. 3 doubles, we had a freshman.

“We’re young in those areas,” he said. “We’ve got to get some experience under our belt. That’s why we played Auburn.”

Dillard spoke on behalf of girls coach Daniel Bulger and said the girls are dealing with experience issues, too.

“He’s got a lot of young girls and sophomores playing,” Dillard said. “We’ve just got to get more games under our belt. If we played Auburn maybe in April, then we’d probably give them a lot better match.”

Dillard said the Auburn match will be an annual contest each year.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday in Brewton against T.R. Miller. Then on Thursday, Andalusia hosts Enterprise.