Feb. 6, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 29 Auburn men's tennis team competed in its first home dual meet of the spring season, as the Tigers hosted No. 75 UAB at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Auburn took a 6-1 win over UAB, going undefeated in doubles and winning five of the six singles match-ups.
The Tigers collected the doubles point as they rolled through the competition. First to finish was the No. 10 ranked doubles pair, Alexey Tsyrenov and Tim Puetz, as they defeated Dennis Ehlrich and Slawomir Szeremeta, 8-5. Next to win were Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev, the No. 19 duo, who earned an 8-5 win over Brian Ly and Alex Emery. Both Auburn doubles teams are currently undefeated in dual match competition.
"I thought we continued our strong doubles play today," head coach Eric Shore noted. "It's nice to get that first point."
In the final doubles matchup, Milan Krnjetin and Alex Petropoulos took an 8-4 win against Daniel Moser and Dan Cornei, giving the Tigers the doubles point and an early lead in the match.
"It's good when your top two doubles teams can look down and see that you're winning at three," said Shore.
Leading Auburn in singles play, Tim Puetz took a quick win over Dennis Ehrlich, 6-3, 6-1. After three dual matches, Puetz remains the only Auburn player to hold a flawless singles record.
Following the sophomore, Alexey Tsyrenov battled through a tough first set to earn a 6-4, 6-0 win over Brian Ly. Next in line for the win was Alex Petropoulos, who took a 6-3, 7-5 against Alex Emery. With another victory for the team, senior Milan Krnjetin recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Daniel Moser.
Finishing the afternoon action for the Tigers, Lukas Marsoun
came back from a dropped first set to take a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) victory over Dan Cornei.
"He's been able to do that quite a bit over his career," Shore mentioned about Marsoun. "He brought some of his best stuff today, fought hard, competed and was able to pull out the win."
In the fourth singles match to finish, Alex Stamchev took a 6-1, 6-2 loss against Thomas Petrich.
With the win, Auburn moves to 2-1 in dual match competition, while UAB evens out at 1-1 on the season.
The Tigers will have a nine-day resting period before returning to action.
"They'll get the weekend off so it'll be nice for them," Shore mentioned. "We haven't been playing outside much and this will give us a week to get used to it again."
Next on the schedule for Auburn will be the University of Central Florida, when the Tigers will host the Golden Knights on February 15 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
U of Alabama-Birmingham vs Auburn
Feb 06, 2009 at Auburn, Ala.
(Yarbrough Tennis Center)
#29 Auburn 6, #75 U of Alabama-Birmingham 1
1. Alexey Tsyrenov (AU) def. Brian Ly (UAB) 6-4, 6-0
2. Tim Puetz (AU) def. Dennis Ehrlich (UAB) 6-3, 6-1
3. Lukas Marsoun (AU) def. Dan Cornei (UAB) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Thomas Petrich (UAB) def. Alex Stamchev (AU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Milan Krnjetin (AU) def. Daniel Moser (UAB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Alex Petropoulos (AU) def. Alex Emery (UAB) 6-3, 7-5
1. Alexey Tsyrenov/Tim Puetz (AU) def. Dennis Ehrlich/Slawomir Szeremeta
2. Lukas Marsoun/Alex Stamchev (AU) def. Brian Ly/Alex Emery (UAB) 8-5 3. Milan Krnjetin/Alex Petropoulos (AU) def. Daniel Moser/Dan Cornei
U of Alabama-Birmingham 1-0; National ranking #75 Auburn 1-1; National ranking #29 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4,5,3) Played Indoors
Official: Ken Smith T-4:10 A-29