No. 18 Men's Tennis Bounces Back Against No. 69 Arkansas, 5-2


April 3, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The No. 18 Auburn men's tennis team defeated the No. 69 Arkansas Razorbacks, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Dills Indoor Center in Fayetteville, Ark. With the win, the Tigers move to 12-7 (4-4 SEC) on the year.

"I thought we did a good job today in terms of being ready to play," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We played well in doubles and carried it over singles. There was a point in the match where Arkansas had some momentum. I thought we competed better today than what we did on Friday, and we are going to have to continue doing that the next couple of weeks."

In doubles, Tim Puetz and Daniel Cochrane defeated Gregoire Lehmann and Matt Hogan, 8-3. On court two, the Tigers won the doubles point as No. 45 Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies toppled Nikolas Zogaj and Mike Ward, 8-5. On court three, Lucas Lopasso and Rafael Rondino were tied with Arkansas' Matt Walters and Chris Nott, 5-5, before doubles play was called off.

Arkansas tied the match up at 1-1 after Mike Ward defeated Rafael Rondino on court six, 6-4, 6-4. In the No. 1 position, No. 15 Puetz topped Chris Nott, 6-4, 6-2, to return the lead to the Tigers.



On court four, Auburn's Cochrane earned a three-set victory over Gregoire Lehmann, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. The Tigers' Stamchev clinched the win for Auburn by topping Matt Hogan, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 2 matchup.

Arkansas' Nikolas Zojag defeated Auburn's Tim Hewitt in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The Tigers' Mies ended the match by topping the Razorbacks' Matt Walters, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Up next for the Tigers are home matches against Mississippi State on Friday, April 8, and Ole Miss on Sunday, April 10. Both matches will be held at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.

Against Arkansas

1. #15 Tim Puetz (AU) def. Chris Nott (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
2. #118 Alex Stamchev (AU) def. Matt Hogan (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Nikolas Zojag (ARK) def. Tim Hewitt (AU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
4. Daniel Cochrane (AU) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
5. Andreas Mies (AU) def. Matt Walters (ARK) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
6. Mike Ward (ARK) def. Rafael Rodino (AU) 6-4, 6-4

1. Tim Puetz/Daniel Cochrane (AU) def. Gregoire Lehmann/Matt Hogan (ARK) 8-3
2. #45 Alex Stamchev/Andreas Mies (AU) def. Nikolas Zogaj/Mike Ward (ARK) 8-5
3. Rafael Rondino/Lucas Lopasso (AU) vs. Matt Walters/Chris Nott (ARK) 5-5 unf.

Match Notes
Auburn 12-7 (4-4 SEC); National ranking #18
Arkansas 8-10 (3-4 SEC); National ranking #69
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,4,2,3,5)