May 21, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Auburn's Tim Puetz and Alexey Tsyrenov advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA Men's Doubles Championship on Thursday after defeating Illinois' Dennis Nevolo and Ruan Roelofse in the first round.
The 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championships are held May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University. Doubles play commenced Thursday with the championship match slated for Monday, May 25.
Puetz and Tsyrenov, ranked No. 10 in the nation by the ITA, won the first set against 21st-ranked Nevolo and Roelofse 6-3 before pulling out the 6-0 set and match victory in the second set.
The Auburn duo improved to 34-11 on the season with the victory and will face fourth-ranked Robert Farah and Steve Johnson (34-10) of Southern California in the Sweet 16. Farah and Johnson advanced after defeating Texas Christian's Emanu Brighiu and Adrian Simon, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round.
For additional information on the NCAA Tennis Tournament, including match times, brackets and live stats, go to www.AggieAthletics.com.