No. 21 Men's Tennis Falls To No. 13 Georgia In SEC Opener, 4-0


March 4, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 21 Auburn men's tennis team suffered its first loss in Southeastern Conference play to No. 13 Georgia at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Ga., 4-0. With the loss, the Tigers move to 7-4 (0-1 SEC) on the year.

"We didn't give our best effort today," head coach Eric Shore said. "We got off to a slow start in doubles, and you can't do that with a team like Georgia. We tried to fight back in singles. We have to get better and it doesn't get any easier on Sunday against Tennessee."

On court one doubles, No. 6 Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pietrus defeated No. 43 Tim Puetz and Daniel Cochrane, 8-3. Georgia secured the doubles point court two, 8-4, as No. 36 Saudio Daumbia and Ignacio Toboada toppled No. 46 Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies. No. 79 Drake Burnstein and Wil Spencer were ahead on Lucas Lopasso and Rafael Rondino, 8-7, before play was suspended.

In singles, Cochrane fell to Bernstein on court four, 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 3 spot, No. 37 Daumbia cruised past No. 104 Stamchev, 6-4, 6-1.

Georgia clinched the win after No. 15 Spencer defeated Tim Hewitt, 6-3, 6-4. No. 23 Puetz was ahead on No. 24 Garrapiz, 7-6, 4-3, before the match was called.

Since the match was held indoors and the match was decided before No. 117 Mies and Rondino did not play their matches on courts five and six.



The Tigers round out the weekend at No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday, before returning home on Friday, March 11 to square off against South Carolina.

1. #24 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. #23 Tim Puetz (AU) 6-7, 3-4, dnf
2. #15 Will Spencer (UGA) def. Tim Hewitt (AU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #37 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. #104 Alex Stamchev (AU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Drake Bernstien (UGA) def. Daniel Cochrane (AU) 6-3, 6-1
5. #117 Andreas Mies (AU) vs. Hernus Pieters (UGA) no result
6. Rafael Rondino (AU) vs. Ignacio Taboada (UGA) no result

1. #6 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. #43 Tim Puetz/Daniel Cochrane (AU) 8-3
2. #36 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. #46 Alex Stamchev/Andreas Mies (AU) 8-4
3. Drake Bernstien/Will Spencer (UGA) vs. Lucas Lopasso/Rafael Rondino (AU) 8-7, dnf

Match Notes:
Auburn University 7-4; National ranking #21
University of Georgia 9-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,2)