March 2, 2011
AUBURN - Auburn senior Tim Puetz was recognized as the SEC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week the league announced on Wednesday. Puetz played a crucial part in Auburn's run to the championship match in the Blue Gray Invitational last weekend in Montgomery, Ala.
"Tim had a big weekend including that great win on Saturday against Texas Tech," head coach Eric Shore said. "He is playing well, but he is capable of playing better. I am really happy for him."
Puetz finished the weekend undefeated in singles and helped the Tigers tally a 4-1 win over No. 37 Boise State in the first round of the Blue Gray Invitational. Puetz and partner Daniel Cochrane won Auburn's first doubles match with an 8-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot against Boise State's Hume and Sears.
The Usingen, Germany native won the match for Auburn against No. 17 Texas Tech by upsetting No. 18 Gonzalo Escobar in three sets. Puetz's win not only put the Tigers in the championship match on Sunday, but it was also his second win in three matches against a top-20 opponent. Puetz and Cochrane were ahead against No. 76 Carvalho and Garcia, 4-3, before Auburn secured the doubles point.
On Sunday, Puetz lost the first set to No. 20 Sebastian Fanselow, 7-6, but was ahead 1-0 in the second set before play was suspended.
Puetz and the Tigers return to action this weekend as they face No. 12 Georgia on March Friday and No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday. Auburn returns home on March 11 against South Carolina, and on March 13 as it hosts No. 11 Florida. Both home matches are held at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.