April 16, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Auburn junior Alexey Tsyrenov was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team, the league announced Wednesday, while freshman Tim Puetz earned both second-team and All-Freshman team honors.
"It is a great accomplishment for those guys," said Shore. "It is a good effort on their part and shows that they have done a really good job for us this season."
Tsyrenov, a native of Chita, Russia, led Auburn in the No. 1 singles position, posting a 12-7 record during the regular season. He also played No. 1 doubles alongside senior Terence Nugent, posting a 13-9 record.
Tsyrenov has been ranked in the ITA Top 90 throughout most of the season, earning a ranking as high as No. 35 in the nation. He played 14 matches against opponents ranked in the top 125 and posted an 8-6 record. His best wins were against No. 8 Matthias Wellermann (Ole Miss) and No. 13 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State).
Puetz, a native of Vsingen, Germany, started off the season in the No. 3 spot, but quickly assumed the No. 2 role for Auburn, posting a team-best 16-7 record. He also compiled a 12-9 doubles mark, teaming up mostly with junior Lukas Marsoun.
Puetz has been ranked in the ITA Top-125 for most of the season and currently holds a No. 80 ranking. He has played 10 matches against opponents ranked in the top 125 and holds a 6-4 record with his best win coming against No. 17 J.P. Smith of Tennessee, the SEC Freshman of the Year.
The 30th-ranked Auburn men's tennis team returns to action Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Fayetteville, Ark. The seventh-seeded Tigers are set to take on No. 10 seed Kentucky in a 10:30 a.m. match.
SEC Coach of the Year: Sam Winterbotham, Tennessee
SEC Player of the Year: Greg Ouellette, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: J.P. Smith, Tennessee
Co-Scholar Ahtletes of the Year: Blake Strode, Arkansas / Kevin Dessauer, LSU
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