Tigers Battle Tough Hokies On Day Two Of Hokie Challenge
Head Coach Eric Shore

Jan. 24, 2010

AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 23 Auburn men's tennis team had another successful day on Saturday, picking up seven wins against No. 27 Virginia Tech at the Hokie Challenge in Blacksburg, Va.

"We had another good day for the team, having face a tough opponent," head coach Eric Shore said. "I'm very happy with the way the team came out and played against another ranked team like Virginia Tech."

The Tigers split the Hokies in doubles, winning two of four matches. The sixth-ranked doubles team of Tim Puetz and Alex Stamchev topped Will Beck and Patrick Daciek, 8-6, in Flight A. Also picking up a win were Alexander Sajonz and Michel Monteiro. The pair defeated Trpimir Kujundzic and Zach Pine, 8-6.

Also competing in doubles were freshmen Oliver Strecker, Andreas Mies, Tim Hewitt and Lucas Lopasso. Strecker and Mies fell to YoAnn Re and Sebastien Jacques, 8-5, in Flight B, while Hewitt and Lopasso lost 8-5 to Corrado Degl'Incerti Tocci and Luka Somen in Flight C.

Auburn came away with wins in five out of eight singles matches against Virginia Tech. No. 24 Tim Puetz recorded a quick two-set win over Re in Flight A, 6-3, 6-1. In Flight B, No. 86 Alex Stamchev battled Somen, but fell in two sets, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Andreas Mies picked up his second singles win of the tournament, defeating Daciek 6-4, 6-0. Other two-set winners were Alexander Sajonz and Oliver Strecker. Sajonz recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over Pine, while Strecker defeated Lucas Oliveria, 6-3, 6-2.



A trio of Tigers competed in contested three-set matches against the Hokies. Tim Hewitt came out on top, defeating Tocci 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2). Lucas Lopasso fell to Beck (4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3) and Nick Maurillo lost to Kujundzic (6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5)).

Auburn closes out the three-day Hokie Challenge Sunday. The Tigers then take part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Tuscaloosa, facing Duke on Jan. 29.

Flight A
#24 Tim Puetz (Auburn) def. YoAnn Re (Virginia Tech); 6-3, 6-1

Flight B
Luka Somen (Virginia Tech) def. No. 86 Alex Stamchev (Auburn); 6-4, 7-6 (9)

Flight C
Tim Hewitt (Auburn) def. Corrado Degl'Incerti Tocci (Virginia Tech); 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2)

Flight D
Andreas Mies (Auburn) def. Patrick Daciek (Virginia Tech); 6-4, 6-0

Flight E
Will Beck (Virginia Tech) def. Lucas Lopasso (Auburn); 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3

Flight F
Alexander Sajonz (Auburn) def. Zach Pine (Virginia Tech); 6-3, 6-4

Flight G
Trpimir Kujundzic (Virginia Tech) def. Nick Maurillo (Auburn); 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5)

Flight H
Oliver Strecker (Auburn) def. Lucas Oliveria (Virginia Tech); 6-3, 6-2

Flight A
#6 Puetz/Stamchev (Auburn) def. Beck/Daciek (Virginia Tech); 8-6

Flight B
Re/Jacques (Virginia Tech) def. Strecker/Mies (Auburn); 8-5

Flight C
Tocci/Somen (Virginia Tech) def. Hewitt/Lopasso (Auburn); 8-5

Flight D
Sajonz/Monteiro (Auburn) def. Kujundzic/Pine (Virginia Tech); 8-6