May 8, 2009
The 19th-ranked Auburn men’s tennis team earned a 4-0 victory against No. 39 South Florida in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in doubles winning two matches. The 10th-ranked duo of Alexey Tsyenov and Tim Puetz won the first five games on court one and cruised to an 8-1 victory against 46th-ranked Lucas Jovita and Thomas Estrada. Auburn clinched the point on court two where Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev defeated Mahmoud Hamed and Jamal Adderley 8-6.
Auburn also started quickly in singles with a victory on court four. Stamchev defeated Adderley in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. On court six, Alex Petropoulos dispatched Estrada in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to put Auburn up 3-0. The Tigers clinched the match on court number three when Marsoun defeated Hamed. Marsoun won the first set 6-4 and the second set went to a tiebreaker. Hamed jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Marsoun fought back and won seven out of the last eight points to help Auburn advance to the second round 6-3, 7-6(4).
The Tigers will play the winner of the match between No. 16 Florida State and Jacksonville State on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
No. 1: #38 Alexey Tsyenov (AUB) vs. #46 Lucas Jovita (USF) DNF 3-6, 5-5
No. 2: #108 Tim Puetz (AUB) vs. #123 Wael Kilani (USF) DNF 4-6, 6-2, 1-4
No. 3: Lukas Marsoun (AUB) def. Mahmoud Hamed (USF) 6-4, 7-6(4)
No. 4: Alex Stamchev (AUB) def. Jamal Adderley (USF) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5: Milan Krnjetin (AUB) vs. Romain Deridder (USF) 5-7, 5-4
No. 6: Alex Petropoulos (AUB) def. Thomas Estrada (USF) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 6, 3*
No. 1: #10 Tsyenov/Puetz (AUB) def. #46 Jovita/Estrada (USF) 8-1
No. 2: Marsoun/Stamchev (AUB) def. Hamed/Adderley (USF) 8-6
No. 3: Krnjetin/Monteiro (AUB) vs. Kilani/Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) DNF 5-6
Order of finish: 1, 2*