Men's Tennis At ITA Kick-Off Weekend In Tuscaloosa
Jan. 29, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 22 Auburn men's tennis team heads to Tuscaloosa this weekend to compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Alabama Varsity Tennis Stadium.
The nationally-ranked Tigers will face No. 18 Duke Saturday at 1 p.m. and then take on either No. 23 Arizona or No. 25 Alabama on Sunday.
DUKE BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils have a trio of athletes among the ITA rankings. Henrique Cunha leads the squad and sits at No. 17 in the country, while Dylan Arnould is No. 62 and Torsten Wietoska is ranked No. 77 overall. Cunha and partner Reid Carleton stand at No. 8 in the national doubles rankings.
AUBURN AT HOKIE CHALLENGE
"Overall, I'm very pleased with weekend," head coach Eric Shore said. "The team competed well and we gained some experience for our younger guys. Our captain Tim Puetz had a great weekend going undefeated in both singles and doubles and has set a good example for rest of the team.
"There were a lot of positive things that came out this weekend, but we still have aspects to work on. However, I'm very encouraged for the future."
No. 24 Tim Puetz, a junior from Usingen, Germany, competed in Flight A and came away with a 3-0 mark. He and doubles partner Alex Stamchev won doubles Flight A after the No. 6 pair in the country also finished 3-0.
The squad featured five freshmen, four of whom were making their first collegiate appearances. Andreas Mies was named Flight D champion after winning all three of his matches, while Alexander Sajonz won his flight and finished undefeated.
Freshmen Oliver Strecker and Tim Hewitt each went 2-1, while freshman Lucas Lopasso was 1-2 on the weekend.
Also competing for the Tigers was redshirt junior Nick Maurillo and junior Michel Monteiro. Maurillo went 1-2 on the weekend in singles play, while Monteiro and partner Sajonz finished 2-0 in doubles competition.
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