Auburn Men Rally to Defeat UCF
Feb. 15, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 29 Auburn men's tennis team defeated the University of Central Florida, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Playing their first outdoor action of the spring, the men took two doubles matches and three singles points to earn their third win of the season.
The men started the day with a hard-fought battle for the doubles point. Taking the first doubles win for the Tigers, Alexey Tsyrenov and Lukas Marsoun took an 8-6 win over Marc Rocafort and Blaze Schwartz.
"We had a week to practice outside, but we didn't have all our guys during the week," head coach Eric Shore stated. "Anytime you go outside, you're going to notice a difference in your play."
With an early lead in the match, the Tigers met a determined UCF team in singles play. First to finish for Auburn was Tim Puetz, who took a 6-4, 6-2 match over Johan Beigart. With his win, Puetz moves to a flawless 4-0 record in singles play for the season. "Everything is working for me in my matches," Puetz admitted. "I'm playing well. I try to focus when I'm playing and I play well when I'm focused. I'm getting rid of my inconsistency in my matches and it's helping me a lot."
With the overall match at a standstill, Auburn seniors Alexey Tsyrenov and Lukas Marsoun rallied to take the Tigers to victory. Tsyrenov took a 6-4, 6-3 win against UCF's Tarek Ben Soltane to give the Tigers another singles point. Immediately following Tsyrenov, Marsoun picked up another win as he battled to earn a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 match over Blaze Schwartz. Marsoun's singles point gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead on the day and an overall team victory.
Ending the day for Auburn, Alex Petropoulos lost to Eugene Dolgovykh, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
"We were fortunate to win today," Shore said. "(Central Florida) came to play today and they were ready, but we weren't. We've had a few health issues this week, and that's not to make any excuses, but we were fortunate to get by with a win." The Auburn win brings the Tigers to a 3-1 record in spring season competition.
The Tigers will return to action at 1p.m. next Sunday when they face the No. 55 ranked Georgia Tech at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
Auburn 4, U. of Central Florida 3
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