Tiger Tennis Players Set for NCAA Matches

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's Alexey Tsyrenov will open play in the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament singles competition on Wednesday as the No. 27 seed in a 64-player field.

The first team All-SEC player will face Borja Sarco of Tennessee Tech in the single elimination event at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Also in Tulsa, Auburn's Fani Chifchieva, the SEC Player of the Year, will face Beier Ko of Harvard on Wednesday in the women's singles competition. Chifchieva, a sophomore, is ranked 14th in the nation with a 23-2 record.

On Thursday the AU women's doubles team of Alex Haney and Melissa Koning will compete against Elizabeth Ferris and Emily Kwok."

"We are thrilled to be here," said Auburn women's coach Tim Gray. "Everyone is set and we have a chance to make a good run. We are happy with our draw. We just need to be ready and motivated."

Auburn men's coach Eric Shore says, "Alexey is doing pretty good trying to adjust to the heat out here, but we will see. Alexey finished the season in a little bit of a lull. He is a little bit rested now and ready to play. He definitely has a chance, just need a few breaks to go our way."

Playing No. 1 for the Tigers, the 6-2 junior posted a 12-12 singles record in 2008 with his top win a victory over eighth-ranked Mattias Wellerman of Ole Miss.

In men's team play, the Tigers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 victory over Wake Forest before falling 4-0 to Georgia.

The women's team also reached the second round of team play with a 4-3 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes before falling 4-0 to Florida.

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