Feb. 26, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 35 Auburn men's tennis team travels to Tulsa, Okla., Sunday to face the No. 33 Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a 12 p.m. match at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
"Tulsa is a team that we've had really good matches against in the past," head coach Eric Shore said. "They are a very competitive team and we're going to have to play extremely well."
The Tigers (3-3) hold a 7-3 series mark against the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa came away with a 4-3 victory last year against Auburn in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Athens, Ga.
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa is currently 7-3 on the season and is trying to recover from a tough 4-3 loss to Texas A&M on Feb. 7. Prior to Sunday's match against Auburn, Tulsa will play the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday.
The Golden Hurricane are led by sophomores Ashley Watling and Rusty Turpin. Watling is ranked No. 32 in singles play and is 12-6 on the year, while Turpin is currently 8-4. Watling and doubles partner Philip Stephens sit at No. 44 in the country with an 11-6 overall mark.
Puetz Earns SEC Honor
Junior Tim Puetz picked up his first SEC weekly honor of the season, being named men's tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday.
The Usingen, Germany, product stands at 7-0 on the spring season and is 18-4 overall this year at the No. 1 singles spot for the nationally-ranked Tigers. His only other SEC honor came on Feb. 19, 2008, when he was named SEC Freshman of the Week.
In the team's tough 4-3 loss to No. 30 Georgia Tech last Wednesday, Puetz recorded a come-from-behind victory over then fourth-ranked singles player in the country in Guillermo Gomez in three sets. Gomez topped Puetz, 6-2, in the first set, but Puetz battled back in the second to win 6-3. Puetz, ranked No. 25 in the country, fought Gomez in the third set and came out on top, 7-5.
Auburn Against Southern Miss
The Tigers came away with an impressive 6-1 victory against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Saturday.
"I was really happy with our doubles today," Shore said. "We changed up our line a little bit and saw some positive things from the team today. We felt like we had enough depth to handle it and we did."
Auburn started six freshmen in the singles competition against the Golden Eagles. Oliver Strecker won his fourth match of the year winning decisively 6-1, 6-1 in the No.2 spot. Alexander Sanjoz won his match 6-3, 6-1. Lucas Lopasso won in a very tough battle defeating Jan Burmeister in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Tim Hewitt also had a close match, winning 7-5, 6-2.
The Tigers begin SEC play as they host Tennessee at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center on Wednesday. Start time is set for 2 p.m.