May 6, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn junior Tim Puetz and sophomore Alex Stamchev have been selected to compete in the 2010 NCAA Championships the championship subcommittee announced. Puetz will compete in singles competition as well as in doubles with Stamchev.
The singles and doubles competition will be held May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., after the conclusion of the team championship (May 21-25).
Puetz, ranked No. 16 nationally, holds a 17-6 overall mark this spring with 13 of those wins coming against the ITA Top-125 and four over the Top-25. On Feb. 17, Puetz topped No. 4 Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 7-5) and, most recently, he defeated No. 5 Alex Lacroix of Florida in two sets (6-3, 6-4) on April 24.
Puetz finished with a 5-5 regular-season SEC record and recorded three-straight individual victories in the 2010 SEC Tournament. For his efforts, he was named to the All-SEC First Team.
This year marks the first appearance for Puetz in the NCAA Singles Championships, but is his second appearance in the doubles competition. Last season, he and former Tiger Alexey Tsyrenov reached the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships and earned All-America honors for their efforts.
In doubles competition, Puetz and Stamchev stand at No. 12 in the country and are 15-6 overall with a 5-5 mark in SEC competition. The pair has been ranked as high as No. 1 nationally on Feb. 18.
Some of their most notable victories came against No. 2 Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennesse and No. 8 Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha of Duke. Carleton and Cunha are the top-seeded team in the tournament, while Sandgren and Smith are the second-seeded pair.
The No. 31 Auburn men's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, May 15 with the first round of the 2010 NCAA Regional Tournament. The Tigers will face No. 51 Troy at 8 a.m. CT in Gainesville, Fla.