Oct. 11, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Auburn's Tim Puetz and Alexey Tsyrenov captured the consolation bracket doubles title Saturday at the 2008 D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament is one of the top fall men's tennis tournaments in the country.
The duo started off the day by defeating Florida State's Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles, the 12th-ranked team in the nation, in the semifinals, 8-3. Puetz and Tsyrenov then advanced to the championship match against Rice's Christoph Muller and Bruno Rosa, the 25th-ranked team according to the ITA rankings.
The Tigers ended up having to go to an extra point, but were able to pull out the 9-7 win for the bracket championship.
"This was a really good tournament for Alexey and Tim in doubles," said head coach Eric Shore. "They went 6-1 over the tournament with wins today over a couple of top-25 teams. They gained a lot of experience and played really well."
Puetz and Tsyrenov, who had to win three straight matches in qualifying to make it to the main draw of doubles, lost their first-round match to Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar on Thursday. The pair then bounced back in the consolation bracket, winning four straight matches for the bracket championship.
While Puetz and Tsyrenov were in action in Tulsa, Milan Krnjetin, Alex Stamchev and Powell Porter were continuing play at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.
Stamchev had the big day for Auburn, defeated East Tennessee State's Daniel Isaza, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the first round of the A Draw. He kept on rolling in the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over North Florida's Federico Levi, setting up a Sunday showdown with top overall seed Marc Abdelnour (Florida Atlantic) in the semifinals.
Krnjetin also competed in the A Draw, defeating Mercer's Justin Wimpee in the first round, 6-0, 6-1. Facing No. 3 overall seed Jordi Ballester (Jacksonville) in the second round, Krnjetin was able to take him to three sets before losing, 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.
Krnjetin would be back in action later, though, as he and Stamchev teamed up in the second round of the doubles A Draw. The pair defeated ETSU's Isaza and Sergio Velez, 8-3, and will face Jacksonville's Ballester and Francisco Riveroll in Sunday's semifinal.
Porter represented Auburn in the B Draw, falling to Jacksonville's Murilo Souza in the first round, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5. He will continue play in the consolation bracket where he will face Bethune-Cookman's Yannick Jackson on Sunday.
While Krnjetin, Stamchev and Powell will continue play on Sunday, the entire Auburn men's tennis team returns to action Oct. 24-26 as the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Tide Fall Classic.