May 25, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Auburn's No. 12 Tim Puetz's singles career was ended as No. 21 Evan King of Michigan defeated Puetz, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.
"It wasn't my best match, and I felt really slow," Puetz said. "King played really well, much better than me. It definitely was one of my worst matches of the year, and it is disappointing it had to come at NCAAs."
The Usingen, Germany native, who made it to semifinals of last year's tournament, battled No. 21 King in the first set, but fell 6-3. King went on to take the second set by a score of 6-0.
Puetz finishes his singles career with 93 career wins, which places him in third overall in Auburn history. Puetz finishes the dual season with an 18-4 (7-2 SEC) record, while defeating ten ranked opponents.
Although Puetz's singles career is over, he and partner Daniel Cochrane will square off against Fresno State's No. 15 duo of Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier tomorrow in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship.