AU Duo's Run Ends In NCAA Semi-finals

A report from the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament features the Auburn Tigers.

College Station, Tex.--The Auburn doubles duo of senior Alexey Tsyrenov and sophomore Tim Puetz fell in straight sets to a team from the University of Tennessee in the semi-finals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Patrick Smith and Davey Sandren took a 6-4, 6-2 victory in a match that was delayed by rain at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University. The Auburn team had won vs. the UT pair in two previous matchups this season by scores of 8-5 and 8-7 in pro sets.

Tsyrenov returns a shot on Sunday while Coach Eric Shore (in background) watches.

The Auburn doubles team, which came into the tournament ranked 10th nationally, finished the season with a 36-12 record.

The last time an Auburn doubles team made such a strong run at the NCAA title was in 2002 when the duo of Mark Kovacs and Andrew Columbo won the championship. That tournament was also played on the campus of Texas A&M.

Auburn coach Eric Shore said, "It was a great run by these guys. They played very well all week. You have to give Tennessee credit, they got off to a really good start and played really well all day."

After the Vols won the first set, the match was stopped for two hours by a rain delay with the UT team up 2-0 in the second set.

"I thought we could get some momentum back after the rain delay, but Tim pulled his groin and really could not move after that.

Tim Puetz

"In the big picture, it was a great run for these guys and a great season," Shore added. "You have to have a lot of good breaks, have to have a lot of things go your way. Only 32 teams make it into this tournament and we got down to the final four teams, so it was a great run."

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories