March 27, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 22 Auburn men's tennis team (10-5, 3-2 SEC) took a 5-2 win over No. 49 Vanderbilt (4-11, 0-5) at the Currey Tennis Center to begin another weekend of SEC play.
After taking the early lead, Auburn found wins on its front four courts to take the overall win.
"It was a solid effort today. We did a good job in doubles to take the point," said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. "In singles, every match was close and we battled all day long. We lost four of the first sets and came back to take a big 5-2 win."
The Tigers opened the afternoon with a quick clinch of the doubles point. The No. 10 pair of Alexey Tsyrenov and Tim Puetz earned a swift 8-3 win over Vanderbilt's Nick Cromydas and Alex Zotov. The top Auburn duo moves to 12-1 (4-1 SEC) on the season after the win.
Clinching the early lead for Auburn were Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev with their 8-4 victory over Bryant Salcedo and Adam Baker. Auburn's two-spot pair improves to 11-2 (4-1 SEC) with the clinching victory. On court three, Milan Krnjetin and Alex Petropoulos fell to Charlie Jones and Vijay Paul, 8-6, to close out the doubles play.
Moving into singles action, Stamchev kept the momentum on the Auburn side as he topped Adam Baker, 6-4, 6-3. The freshman improves to 11-3 (4-1 SEC) with the win.
Next to finish was No. 106 Puetz, who downed No. 118 Salcedo on court one, 6-4, 7-6. The sophomore, in his first appearance on the front court, moves up to 11-2 (4-1) in spring play.
With the match at 3-0 in Auburn's favor, senior No. 44 Tsyrenov stepped up to take the clinching point as he battled back to defeat Paul, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
"Alexey's win was huge," said Shore. "That's one of Vanderbilt's best points. He lost the first set and showed some senior leadership by taking control of the match and coming out with a win."
After the Tigers had claimed the win, Vanderbilt made its first marks as Jones beat Auburn's Krnjetin, 6-3, 7-6, and Zotov beat Petropoulos, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
Finishing the day, Marsoun took a three-set victory over Cromydas, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, to bring the final score to 5-2 for the Tigers.
Auburn's next competition will come Sunday, as the team returns to the plains to host No. 13 Kentucky. Action is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Admission is free to all home matches. Fans that are unable to attend the match may follow along with live stats at AuburnTigers.com.