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.