Jan. 18, 2008
TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 28 Auburn men's tennis team went 7-5 in the opening day of the South Florida Classic, taking on 35th-ranked Virginia Tech. The Hokies and Tigers split in singles with each time winning four matches while Auburn won three of the four doubles matches.
The Tigers return to action at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in the second day of the South Florida Classic, taking on the host Bulls.
"Overall, it was a successful day for us," said head coach Eric Shore. "We did great in doubles and I thought the bottom of our lineup did a good job for us in singles. We just had some mental lapses at times in some positions, but this is just what we need to get ready for the season."
One area that Shore was especially pleased with was the play of his newcomers, freshman Tim Puetz and junior transfer Alex Petropoulos. Petropoulos is a transfer from NAIA national champion Auburn-Montgomery while Puetz played his first match as a Tiger on Friday.
"I thought Tim and Alex both competed really well today," said Shore. "I thought Tim did a good job, a little nervous in his doubles match, but got to singles and stepped up. So, I'm very happy with him in his first collegiate tournament."
Auburn started the day off strong, going three-for-four in doubles. Alexey Tsyrenov and Terence Nugent teamed up to beat Albert Larregola and Brandon Corace, 8-6, in Flight A Doubles. Also in Flight A, Virginia Tech's Nicolas Delgado and Yoann Re defeated Lukas Marsoun and Puetz, 9-8.
In B flight Doubles, AU's Pawel Dilaj and Milan Krnjetin defeated Ignacio Roca and Sebastian Jacques, 8-3, while Nick Maurillo and Petropoulos teamed up to beat Eduardo Pinto and Preston Lemon, 8-6.
Virginia Tech won both matches in Flight A singles. Larregola, ranked 42nd in theITA rankings, beat Tsyrenov, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 while No. 87 Delgado defeated Marsoun, 6-1, 6-2.
Auburn split in Flight B singles as Virginia Tech's Re defeated Dilaj, 6-1, 6-3. Puetz earned the win for Auburn, downing Corace, 6-4, 6-2.
The Tigers dominated the Flight C singles, winning three of the four matches. Nugent defeated Jacques, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 while Petropoulos defeated Roca, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2. Krnjetin also picked up a win, beating Lemon, 6-0, 6-1. Maurillo had the lone loss for Auburn in the flight, falling to Pinto, 7-5, 6-3.
SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSIC, DAY ONE RESULTS
Flight A Singles
Larregola (VT) def. Tsyrenov (AU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Delgado (VT) def. Marsoun (AU) 6-1, 6-2
Flight B Singles
Re (VT) def. Dilaj (AU) 6-1, 6-3
Puetz (AU) def. Corace (VT) 6-4, 6-2
Flight C Singles
Nugent (AU) def. Jacques (VT) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
Petropoulos (AU) def. Roca (VT) 6-1, 6-7, 6-2
Pinto (VT) def. Maurillo (AU) 7-5, 6-3
Krnjetin (AU) def. Lemon (VT) 6-0, 6-1
Flight A Doubles
Tsyrenov/ Nugent (AU) def. Larregola/Corace (VT) 8-6
Delgado/Re (VT) def. Marsoun/Puetz (AU) 9-8
Flight B Doubles
Dilaj/Krnjetin (AU) def. Roca/Jacques (VT) 8-3
Maurillo/Petropoulos (AU) def. Pinto/Lemon (VT) 8-6