No. 31 Auburn Faces Troy In Opening Round Of NCAA Regional Saturday
Oliver Strecker

Oliver Strecker

May 14, 2010

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AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 31 Auburn men's tennis team is set to open the 2010 NCAA Tournament against No. 55 Troy Saturday at 9 a.m. ET in Gainesville, Fla.

The Tigers (11-12) enter the regional as the second-seed in the Gainesville bracket. The winner of the Auburn/Troy match will face the winner of the Florida/South Carolina State on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

In the history of the program, Auburn has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 18 times, with 16 of those coming during Eric Shore's time. Overall, the Tigers are 19-17 in the tournament and 18-15 under Shore's leadership. Auburn's best finish came in 2002, when the team advanced to the semifinals before falling to UCLA.

Auburn traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., for the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and opened with a 4-0 victory over South Florida. The Tigers then faced host Florida State in the second round, falling to the Seminoles by a score of 4-1.

Former Tiger Alexey Tsyrenov competed in singles competition at the NCAA Tournament in College Station, Texas. He faced second-seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State in the opening and fell in two sets. Tysrenov then paired with Tim Puetz to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship and the duo advanced to the tournament's semifinals, earning All-America honors in the process.

The Troy Trojans will be making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The team stands at 20-4 and recently captured the 2010 Sun Belt Conference title. Led by Sun Belt Coach of the Year Eric Hayes, the team recorded the most victories in school history.

The team is led by Mario Rolemberg and Luis Henrique Grangeiro. Rolemberg recently earned Sun Belt Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, while he and Grangeiro were named to the all-conference team.

The Tigers hold a commanding 15-2 series mark over the Trojans. The two teams first faced each other in 1956, seeing then-Troy State take two victories that year. Auburn picked up its first win over Troy in 1957, taking the match by a score of 6-3. Since then, the Tigers haven't looked back and won the last 14 meetings.

Auburn hosted Troy on Feb. 10 of this season and came away with a 5-2 victory at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center. During the match, the Tigers took singles wins on the front three courts and on court six. In addition, Auburn swept doubles competition during the match.