May 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Playing the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Men's Singles Tournament, Auburn senior Alexey Tsyrenov went the distance, taking Oklahoma State's Oleksandr Nedovyesov to extra points in both sets, but dropped the 7-6, 7-5 decision in the first round.
Tsyrenov, ranked 38th in the nation, tied the first set at 6-6, sending it into a tiebreaker. The native of Chita, Russia lost the point, 7-4, to take a 7-6 loss in the first set. He continued to hang with second-seeded Nedovyesov in the second set, but could not pull off the upset as he dropped the set, 7-5. With the loss, he finishes the season with a 23-20 singles record.
It marked the second time this season for Tsyrenov and Nedovyesov to meet as the pair faced off in March at the Blue-Grey Classic. That match went unfinished with Tsyrenov leading after the first set.
The appearance marked the second in a row for Tsyrenov at the NCAA Single Tournament. He advanced to the second round last season, falling to Baylor's Lars Poerschke in the Round of 32.
But, the season is not over yet for Tsyrenov as he will team up with doubles partner Tim Puetz on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Doubles Tournament. The pair is set to face off against the Illinois team of Dennis Nevolo and Ruan Roelofse.
Tsyrenov and Puetz enter the match ranked 10th in the nation with a 33-11 doubles record. Nevolo and Roelofse enter the match ranked 21st with a 16-5 mark on the season, winning eight of their last 10 matches.
For additional information on the NCAA Tennis Tournament, including match times, brackets and live stats, go to www.AggieAthletics.com.