Jan. 27, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 31 Auburn men's tennis team heads to Lubbock, Texas, for the 2011 ITA Indoor Qualifier held on the campus of Texas Tech University. The Tigers take on No. 19 California Saturday and then face either No. 15 Texas Tech or No. 45 LSU Sunday.
"It is going to be a tough weekend and we're facing some tough competition," head coach Eric Shore said. "This tournament will be a good measuring stick to see where we stand so early in the season."
2011 Auburn Winter Invitational
The Tigers are coming off a very successful weekend at the Auburn Winter Invitational held Jan. 21-23 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers swept Army on the first day of the tournament and followed by winning seven of eight singles matches against Arkansas on day two. Auburn closed out the tournament winning three matches against Mississippi State
SEC Preseason Polls
The Auburn men's tennis team was picked to finish third in the SEC West by the league's head coaches, the conference office announced Monday. The 2009-10 team concluded the season with a 12-13 overall record and finished second in the SEC West with a 5-6 conference record. The Tigers reached the second round of the 2010 NCAA Championships before falling to SEC rival Florida, 4-0. The team also reached the semifinals of the 2010 SEC Championships.
2010 Fall Season
The Auburn men's tennis team saw a lot of develop from its younger athletes this fall season. Junior Alex Stamchev had a solid fall season as he finished 12-3 in singles competition. Among his many accomplishments, he earned second place at the ITA South Regional and had a first-place finish at the Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas. Sophomore Michael Wardell picked up his game this fall and finished 7-4 in singles competition, including a first-place finish at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational.
Sophomores Tim Hewitt
and Lucas Lopasso
also had a strong showing this fall. They paired up for the HEB Baylor's Invite in September and came away with the doubles B draw title, finishing 4-0 on the season. Hewitt also had a strong run at the ITA South Regional, reaching the tournament quarterfinals.
The Tigers return singles and doubles ITA I Division All-American Tim Puetz, doubles ITA Division I All-American Alex Stamchev, and No. 65 singles player Tim Hewitt. The trio will be looked to for leadership throughout the season. Puetz is a three-time All-American and reached the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Singles Tournament. Stamchev is an All-American and qualified for the 2010 NCAA Doubles Tournament with Puetz.
Auburn also saw some newcomers make an impact in the Auburn Invite, as freshmen Daniel Cochrane and Rafael Rondino went a combined 4-2 in singles.
"We're excited with all of the new additions to the team," Auburn Head Coach Eric Shore said. "They bring a lot to the table and will make us a very competitive and deep squad."