Mies, Stamchev Selected to NCAA Individual Tennis Championships
May 3, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn men's tennis junior Andreas Mies earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championship, and the team of Mies and senior Alex Stamchev will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The singles and doubles tournaments will begin Wednesday, May 23, following the conclusion of the NCAA team championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.
"Both of them earned it," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "Andy was great in singles with his play this season in the number one position, and also in doubles. The two of them, Alex and Andy, earned their way into the tournament playing very well all year at number one doubles for us. They are both very deserving."
The doubles team of Mies and Stamchev climbed as high as No. 6 in the national rankings after a stellar fall season, then again cracked the nation's top 10 after their strong play during the SEC campaign. With a 12-4 overall record in 2011-12 (8-3 in dual match play), the Tiger duo will be seeded 5-8 in the tournament draw, earning All-America honors with their top-eight seed.
For Stamchev, it will be his second NCAA doubles tournament appearance. The school record-holder for doubles wins and combined wins, he was an All-American in 2010 as he paired with Tim Puetz to finish No. 9 in the final ITA rankings. Stamchev is also the eighth alternate in the singles field.
Mies will be making his first appearance in the NCAA individual championships. Ranked as high as No. 18 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, Mies finished the regular season with a 26-9 overall record, including a 14-6 mark in dual match play with all matches coming at the No. 1 position. He shared the Auburn lead with six wins in SEC play, and he earned 10 victories over nationally ranked opponents during the 2011-12 season.
The draw for the singles and doubles tournaments will be announced during the team portion of the NCAA Championships, which begins May 17 in Athens, Ga. Auburn will begin its NCAA Tournament run as a team on Friday, May 11, when the Tigers travel to Urbana, Ill., to face Drake in the first round.
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