March 18, 2009
- The No. 30 Auburn men's tennis team (7-4, 2-2 SEC) will face No. 61 William and Mary (13-9) at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the first day of action at the Blue/Gray National Tennis Classic.
"We're ready to get down there and play," head coach Eric Shore stated. "The guys really look forward to this tournament and I think it will be a good opportunity for us."
The weekend event, ranging from Thursday morning into Sunday afternoon, will include 16 teams that appear in the March 17 release of ITA National Team Rankings. Auburn fares as the No. 30 team, as the team fell from the No. 20 spot after a pair of weekend losses against No. 48 Mississippi State and No. 5 Ole Miss.
Over the weekend, the Tigers were unable to clinch the doubles point in both matches and only claimed four singles points in the entire weekend. In Friday's 4-3 fall to the Bulldogs, Tim Puetz, Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev took their singles match-ups, while Alexey Tsyrenov accounted for Auburn's only point during the 6-1 loss to Ole Miss.
Going into Thursday's match, the Tigers improved in both singles and doubles rankings. Tsyrenov moved to the No. 44 singles position, while Puetz claims the No. 106 spot. The two singles standouts combine to form the No. 10 doubles duo, as they hold to a 9-1 record as Auburn's top pair.
On the other side of the courts, the Tribe is lead by Keziel Juneau. The junior standout pairs with Sebastien Vidal to form the Tribe's top doubles duo.
In its most recent action, William and Mary took a doubleheader split, falling to No. 63 Harvard, 4-3, but then rebounding to blank Howard, 7-0.
Thursday action is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. for the Tigers at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala. The winner of the morning match will face the winner of No. 43 Fresno State and No. 25 Oklahoma State in Friday play.
Other teams participating in the four-day tournament include No. 24 Alabama, No. 22 Boise State, Hawaii, No. 56 Middle Tennessee State, No. 48 Mississippi State, No. 26 Notre Dame, No. 41 Oklahoma, No. 55 Penn State, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 33 Texas Tech, No. 54 Virginia Commonwealth, and No. 29 Wisconsin.
Fans that are unable to attend the weekend matches will be able to follow along with live stats at AuburnTigers.com.