Feb. 6, 2008
AUBURN - Playing their first dual match in their new facility, the Auburn men's tennis team swept visiting Troy in a 7-0 win, topping the Trojans in all nine matches.
The Tigers improve to 1-0 with the season-opening win while Troy falls to 1-3 on the season. Auburn is now 14-2 all-time against the Trojans and continues its streak of 24-straight season-opening wins.
Head coach Eric Shore was pleased with his team's performance, especially with the way the Tigers battled back in some tight situations.
"It was a good start to the season and I thought we came out and really competed well," said Shore. "We got down 4-1 at No. 3 doubles and battled our way back in. In singles, I thought you could see that two-week layoff that we had a little bit with some loose points, but the guys battled back into it."
The win over Troy opens a three-match home stand that continues this weekend with Southern Mississippi on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday.
"Overall, I thought we competed well and that is exactly what we need to get ready for Friday and Sunday," said Shore.
Action begins at 1:30 p.m., Friday against Southern Miss and continues with a 12 p.m. matchup against Arizona State on Sunday. Both matches will take place at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Auburn started off the match by taking the doubles point with wins in all three matches. Freshman Tim Puetz and Lukas Marsoun were first off the court with an 8-2 win over Mario Silva and Suilherme Sahadi. Alexey Tsyrenov and Terence Nugent, who finished the fall as the No. 12 doubles team in the Southeast, followed with another 8-2 win over Benjamin Chomette and Bastian Maucher.
Pawel Dilaj and Milan Krnjetin, playing in the No. 3 spot, rounded out doubles with an 8-5 win over Andrey Mrozov and Edwin van Aerts.
Carrying the lead into singles, Auburn wasted no time in putting away the win.
Puetz was again the first off the court as he beat Sahadi, 6-1, 6-1, in No. 3 singles. Tsyrenov, playing No. 1 singles, was not far behind him as he sealed the 6-3, 6-0 win over Chomette.
Newcomer Alex Petropoulos, a transfer from Auburn-Montgomery, sealed the win with the third singles point as he defeated Dai Edwards, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 6 spot.
Nugent was next in with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Morozov in No. 5 singles, followed by Dilaj with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Silva in the No. 2 spot. Marsoun finished out the lineup for Auburn as he won the No. 4 match, 7-6 (3), 6-3, over Maucher.
AUBURN VS. TROY (Feb. 6, 2008)
1. Alexey Tsyrenov / Terence Nugent (AU) def. Benjamin Chomette / Bastian Maucher (Troy), 8-2
2. Tim Puetz / Lukas Marsoun (AU) def. Mario Silva / Guilherme Sahadi (Troy), 8-2
3. Pawel Dilaj / Milan Krnjetin (AU) def. Andrey Morozov / Edwin van Aerts (Troy), 8-5
(Doubles order of finish: 2, 1, 3)
1. Alexey Tsyrenov (AU) def. Banjamin Chomette (Troy), 6-3, 6-0
2. Pawel Dilaj (AU) def. Mario Silva (Troy), 6-1, 6-4
3. Tim Puetz (AU) def. Guiherme Sahadi (Troy), 6-1, 6-1
4. Lukas Marsoun (AU) def. Bastian Maucher (Troy), 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Terence Nugent (AU) def. Andrey Morozov (Troy), 6-3, 6-3
6. Alex Petropoulos (AU) def. Dai Edwards-Evans (Troy), 6-1, 6-1
(Singles order of finish: 3, 1, 6, 5, 2, 4)