March 8, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Finishing the opening weekend of SEC play, the No. 26 Auburn men's tennis team (7-2, 2-0 SEC) took a 4-1 win over the No. 56 Arkansas Razorbacks (6-5, 0-2 SEC).
Coming off of a Friday win against LSU, Auburn rode the weekend momentum through doubles and singles en route to a Sunday victory over the Razorbacks.
The Tigers started the day in typical fashion as they took the early lead with the doubles point. Alexey Tsyrenov and Tim Puetz, the No. 11 pair in the ITA rankings, gave Auburn the upper hand with their 8-4 win over the No. 60 doubles team of Blake Strode and Matthew Hogan. Tsyrenov and Puetz are now 8-0 in doubles competition.
Taking the point for Auburn were Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev, who defeated Arkansas' Christopher Nott and Dmitry Lebedev, 9-7. At number two doubles, Marsoun and Stamchev improve to 7-0.
"We're playing together in doubles and gaining confidence," head coach Eric Shore mentioned. "The guys feel that confidence start to build and they feed off of it."
Milan Krnjetin and Michel Monteiro's match-up against Tyler Tarnasky and Bradwin Williams was suspended as Auburn had already claimed the point.
Leading the charge in the second half of play was freshman Stamchev, who beat Tyler Tarnasky on court five, 6-1, 6-2. In the five spot, Stamchev has proven to be an excellent contributor, now holding a 5-0 record in the position.
"He's stepping up as a freshman, playing extremely well and gaining confidence and that's encouraging," Shore said of Stamchev. "People are stepping up and that's what needs to happen."
The Tigers found themselves closer to the win as No. 105 Puetz finished his match-up against No. 120 Matthew Hogan with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win. The sophomore improves to 8-1 on the season as he continues his singles success.
Finding the Razorbacks first and only point of the day was No. 15 Blake Strode, who defeated Tsyrenov, 6-0, 6-3.
Following loss on court one, senior Alex Petropoulos clinched the match for Auburn as he took a 6-3, 7-5 win over Taylor King.
Marsoun and Krnjetin's match-ups against Christopher Nott and Dmitry Lebedev, respectively, went unfinished after Petropoulos had clinched the match.
"Anytime you go on the road and win two SEC matches, you have to feel good about how it's going," said Shore. "We have to build on this win and hopefully we will be ready for next weekend."
Following the two-win weekend, the Tigers move to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in SEC competition. Arkansas falls to 6-5 and 0-2.
The Auburn men will return to the plains next weekend as they host Mississippi State and No. 10 Ole Miss at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
#26 Auburn 4, #56 Arkansas 1
March 8, 2009
#15 Blake Strode (Ark.) def. #69 Alexey Tsyrenov (Aub.), 6-0, 6-3
#105 Tim Puetz (Aub.) def. #120 Matt Hogan (Ark.), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Chris Nott (Ark.) vs. Lukas Marsoun (Aub.) 6-1, 5-6 DNF
Dmitry Lebedev (Ark.) vs. Milan Krnjetin (Aub.) 6-1, 4-5 DNF
Alex Stamchev (Aub.) def. Tyler Tarnasky (Ark.) 6-1, 6-2
Alex Petropoulos (Aub.) def. Taylor King (Ark.) 6-3, 7-5
#11 Alexey Tsyrenov/Tim Puetz (Aub.) def. #60 Matthew Hogan/Blake Strode(Ark.), 8-4
Alex Stamchev/Lukas Marsoun (Aub.) def. Dmitry Lebedev/Christopher Nott (Ark.), 9-7
Tyler Tarnasky/Bradwin Williams (Ark.) vs. Michel Monteiro/Milan Krnjetin (Aub.), 7-5 DNF
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 2*
Singles: 5, 2, 1, 6*
Matches suspended when clinched due to Auburn travel plans