March 30, 2011
AUBURN -- Auburn senior Tim Puetz was named the Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week the league office announced Wednesday morning. This is the second conference weekly honor that Puetz has won this season.
"It feels good to be honored by the SEC," Puetz said. "I haven't had that many in my career so with this being my last year, it feels great. It is awesome, and I am very proud."
The Usingen, Germany native played a big part in Auburn's upset win over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday. Puetz and doubles partner Daniel Cochrane clinched the doubles point with a 9-8 (6) victory over No. 48 Eric Quigley and Brad Cox. In singles, he won the match-clinching point for the Tigers by upsetting No. 4 Quigley in a three-set thriller, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-1.
"Tim had a great weekend, clinching the doubles point with Dan Cochrane," head coach Eric Shore said. "He followed it up with a good match with No. 4 guy in the country, so hopefully he can keep it up."
Saturday's singles win was Puetz's sixth win over a ranked opponent this year and moved him to 11-3 overall in the spring season. The win also marked his third straight win over a ranked opponent. Puetz also moved up in the new ITA singles polls, jumping 16 spots from 31st to 15th.
Puetz and the Tigers return to action this weekend as they travel to No. 34 LSU on Friday and No. 69 Arkansas on Sunday.