Nov. 14, 2007
AUBURN - The Auburn men's tennis team closes out its fall season this weekend as it hosts the Auburn Fall Classic at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Playing in their first event in the new facility, the Tigers welcome SEC foes LSU and South Carolina along with in-state rival Troy for the three-day tournament.
The tournament is Auburn's seventh of the fall season with the Tigers having played 86 individual matches since they began the fall slate on Sept. 29. While the spring season pits teams against one another in dual competition, the fall schedule is more individual-oriented with tournaments set up in brackets or flights.
Auburn head coach Eric Shore is happy with how his team has progressed over the season so far, especially with the experience that his players have picked up along the way.
"I think overall, it has been a solid fall for us," said Shore. "We have had some quality matches for some of our guys that needed it and we hope to finish up this weekend with a strong showing."
After spending the entire fall season on the road to this point, crossing the country from Tempe, Ariz. to Columbia, S.C., Shore and his team are excited about opening up their new facility.
"I think the team is excited about it playing at home this weekend," said Shore. "It is going to be nice for them to be able to play in the new facility and show people what we have got this season."
Auburn has excelled in singles play this fall as none of the seven Tigers that have seen action currently have a singles record below .500. Newcomer Alex Petropoulos has seen the most action and, therefore, the most wins as he comes into the weekend with a 9-4 record. He is followed by Nick Maurillo with an 8-4 singles record.
Leading the way on the team in winning percentages is the duo of Lukas Marsoun and Terence Nugent. Both have 6-2 records with Nugent seeing most of his action at the Georgia Tech Invitational and the ITA Southeast Regional. Marsoun is coming off an injury that kept him out throughout most of the fall, but he has stepped up to lead the team recently at the Florida State Invitational and Arizona State Thunderbird Classic.
Auburn's best doubles team this fall has been the combination of Nugent and Alexey Tsyrenov
. The team sports a 4-1 record after advancing to the doubles semifinals at the ITA Southeast Regional.
Continuing their success through the Auburn Fall Classic will be no easy task with Troy and SEC rivals LSU and South Carolina coming to town.
LSU advanced to the "Sweet 16" in the NCAA Tennis Championship last season. South Carolina and Troy each lost in the first round of their conference tournaments with final records of 11-14 and 5-10, respectively.
The format of the Auburn Fall Classic is a round-robin tournament with players divided into different flights in both singles and doubles.
The teams will match up head-to-head with records kept for each individual. A champion in each flight will be determined at the completion of play on Sunday. If there is a tie for a championship, a winner will be determined by total number of games won.