Feb. 22, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 30 Auburn men's tennis team took a 4-2 win over out-of-state rival Georgia Tech Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. After earning the doubles point, the men continued to take three of the singles matches for the overall win.
The Auburn win brings the Tigers to a 4-1 record in spring dual match competition, while the Jackets move to 4-3.
The men took the doubles point, winning two of the three match-ups. First to win was the No. 50 pair of Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev, who took an 8-3 match over Doug Kenny and Kevin King. Next to finish were Milan Krnjetin and Michel Monteiro, who fell against Miguel Muguruza and Austin Roebuck, 8-5.
With the doubles point on the line, Auburn's top duo of Alexey Tsyrenov and Tim Puetz, ranked 15th in the nation, stepped up to earn a 9-7 win against Georgia Tech's Guillermo Gomez and Ryan Smith.
"We got out to a quick start in doubles and we relaxed," head coach Eric Shore state. "We were lucky to escape with the point."
Moving into singles play, the Jackets quickly evened the match as Ryan Smith claimed a 6-4, 6-0 win over Auburn's Alex Petropoulos. However, the Tigers took the lead again with Alex Stamchev's 6-1, 6-1 victory against Dusan Miljevic.
In the third match to end, Lukas Marsoun took a 6-2, 6-2 loss at the hands of Eliot Potvin.
Tied at two points apiece, sophomore Tim Puetz finished his match-up against Kevin King with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win to put Auburn ahead. Puetz, currently ranked 56th, continues his streak of being unbeaten in singles competition and improves to being 5-0.
"Tim keeps giving us a lift in his spot," Shore expressed. "He keeps his focus in practice and that'll help him even more as the season rolls on."
The clinching point went to senior Milan Krnjetin, who stepped up to take a three-set victory over Miguel Muguruza, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
"(Milan) was down early and I thought that he raised his level," said Shore. "I thought he played like he's capable of playing. He changed his strategy in the match and he executed very well."
No. 41 Alexey Tsyrenov's match against No. 7 Guillermo Gomez was suspended as the match had already been won by Auburn. Tsyrenov won the first set, 7-6 (7-5), but lost the second 6-1 and the third set had just begun, with Gomez ahead, 1-0.
"We were down early and dug ourselves a hole like we did last weekend against Central Florida," Coach Shore mentioned. "But we competed a lot better than last week, and we were able to pull out a number of matches."
The Auburn win pulls to the Tigers to 4-1 in spring play.
The Tigers will return to action this Thursday as they travel to Tampa, Fla. to face South Florida. Auburn returns to the plains to meet North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.