May 22, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Auburn junior Alexey Tsyrenov concluded his 2008 season Thursday at the 2008 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament, losing to No. 7 overall seed Lars Poerschke.
Tsyrenov, ranked 27th in the nation, jumped out to an early lead in the first set, but Baylor's Poerschke battled back and eventually won, 7-5. Tsyrenov again hung with Poerschke in the second set, but slipped in the end for a 6-4 loss.
With the loss, the Chita, Russia native falls to 13-13 on the season while Poerschke, a native of Buscek, Germany, improves to 20-8. He will face Ohio State's Justin Kronauge in the Sweet 16.
The appearance in the NCAA Singles Tournament was a first for Tsyrenov, but marks the eighth time in the last nine years Auburn has sent someone to the tournament. He advanced to the second round after defeating Tennessee Tech's Borjan Zarco in the first round.
For more information on the 2008 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament, check out the Tournament Central Web page at www.TulsaHurricane.com.