Tiger Duo Advances, Earns All-America Status

College Station, Tex.--Senior Alexey Tsyrenov and sophomore Tim Puetz took a straight sets victory on Friday to move into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championships.

The Auburn team took a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Southern California's Robert Farah and Steve Johnson at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

With the win the Auburn duo improved its doubles record to 35-11. They also became the first Auburn doubles team to advance to the quarter-finals since 2005.

The Auburn players will face Jamie Hunt and Hate Schnugg of Georgia, a team that edged the Tigers in a pro set mach earlier this season.

Auburn coach Eric Shore says he believes his team has the potential to win on Saturday against the Bulldogs. Puetz and Tsyrenov are hoping to become the second Auburn duo to win an NCAA title.

In 2002, also playing on the Texas A&M campus, Auburn's Mark Kovacs and Andrew Columbo won the NCAA doubles title.

Shore says his guys were sharp on Friday. They didn't lose service or even allow a break point against the duo from NCAA team champion Southern Cal.

Hunt and Schnugg were 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 over California's Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini on Friday.

The Auburn and Georgia teams are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday.

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