Oct. 22, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men's tennis team tallied four singles victories on day one of the Wilson/ITA South Regional in New Orleans on the campuses of Tulane and University of New Orleans.
Juniors Tim Puetz and Alex Jorne, along with sophomore Alex Stamchev and freshman Michael Wardell picked up singles wins on the day. Second-seeded Puetz defeated UNO's Stepan Siska (6-3, 6-4), while eighth-seeded Stamchev came away with a 6-0, 6-0 win over UNO's Rohit Chivukula.
Jorne opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Troy's Branko Weber, but fell to UNO's Benjamin Bouhana (3-6, 4-6). Wardell also finished 1-1 on the day, topping UNO's Abdelrahman Zaki (6-3, 6-2) and falling to Louisiana-Lafayette's Tomasz Krzyszkowski (1-6, 1-6).
Also competing was senior Nick Maurillo and freshman Davis Taylor. Maurillo fell to Mississippi State's Antonio Lastre (1-6, 3-6), while Troy's Guilherme Sahadi defeated Taylor is three sets (6-3, 2-6, 2-6)
In doubles competition, Maurillo and Wardell fell to LSU's Sebastian Carlsson and Julien Gauthier, 8-3.
Singles play resumes Friday morning, seeing Puetz face Louisiana-Lafayette's Carlin Murray and Stamchev take on Cody Loup of LSU in the round of 32. Maurillo faces Tulane's Adam Bernstein in the consolation round, while Jorne takes on Lucas Viel and Taylor goes up against Stefan Szacinski of LSU.
Wilson/ITA South Regional
Alex Jorne (Auburn) def. Branko Weber (Troy); 6-1, 6-2
Benjamin Bouhana (New Orleans) def. Alex Jorne (Auburn); 6-3, 6-4
Michael Wardell (Auburn) def. Abdelrahman Zaki (New Orleans); 6-3, 6-2
Tomasz Krzyszkowski (Louisiana-Lafayette) def. Michael Wardell (Auburn); 6-1, 6-1
Guilherme Sahadi (Troy) def. Davis Taylor (Auburn); 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Antonio Lastre (Mississippi State) def. Nick Maurillo (Auburn); 6-1, 6-3
Alex Stamchev (Auburn) def. Rohit Chivukula (New Orleans); 6-0, 6-0
Tim Puetz (Auburn) def. Stephan Siska (New Orleans); 6-3, 6-4
Carlsson/Gauthier (LSU) def. Nick Maurillo/Mike Wardell (Auburn); 8-3