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Alexey Tsyrenov And Tim Puetz Earn All-SEC Tennis Honors

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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Tim Puetz

All-SEC First Team
Alexey Tsyrenov, Auburn
Greg Ouellette, Florida
Travis Helgeson, Georgia
Nate Schnugg, Georgia
Bruno Agostinelli, Kentucky
Michael Venus, LSU
Erling Tveit, Ole Miss
Jonas Berg, Ole Miss
Matthias Wllerman, Ole Miss
Ivan Bjelica, Mississippi State
J.P. Smith, Tennessee
Ryan Preston, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team
Mat Thibaudeau, Alabama
Tim Puetz, Auburn
Alex Lacroix, Florida
Luis Flores, Georgia
Jamie Hunt, Georgia
Javier Garrapiz, Georgia
Kevin Dessauer, LSU
Robbye Poole, Ole Miss
Kalle Norberg, Ole Miss
Phillippe Frayssinoux, Mississippi State
Boris Conkic, Tennessee
Kaden Hensel, Tennessee

All-Freshman Team
Tim Puetz, Auburn
Javier Garrapiz, Georgia
Matteo Fago, Tennessee
Boris Conkic, Tennessee
J.P. Smith, Tennessee

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