May 24, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. - The 2012 Auburn men's tennis season came to an end Thursday as the Tigers' two remaining individuals dropped their matches in the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.
The doubles team of senior Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies, ranked ninth in the nation and seeded among the top eight teams in the draw, fell in an epic three-setter to Pepperdine's 15th-ranked duo of Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (2), as two of the three sets went to tiebreakers. Mies had ousted Tearney from the singles draw on Wednesday.
With the match tied at a set apiece, Pepperdine's team jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set, but Mies and Stamchev battled their way back, winning four straight games to take a 5-4 lead. Two games later, Pepperdine would serve for the match up 6-5 and 40-love. But Auburn fought off three match points and broke the Waves' serve to send the match to a third-set tiebreaker. However, it would not end in the Tigers' favor as Pepperdine took the tiebreaker, 7-2.
"It was a tough day," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "In doubles, we didn't play our best tennis, but they competed extremely hard. They fought off three match points and never quit. I was impressed with them for that. Just wish it could have ended a little differently."
Earlier in the day, 18th-ranked Mies fell in the second round of the singles draw against Kentucky's third-seeded Eric Quigley, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
"Andy played pretty well," Shore said. "He had his chances in the first set. He got a little down in the second set and then got back in it, but it was too late at that point. He's playing the number three seed. Andy played well in the match, but you can't fall behind against a guy like that."
With the doubles loss, Auburn's top duo finished the season with an overall record of 13-6, including a 6-5 mark against nationally ranked opponents.
Stamchev finishes his Auburn career with 212 career victories, the most in school history. He posted 107 doubles wins and 105 singles victories in his four years for the Tigers. Mies finishes the 2011-12 season with an overall singles record of 28-11.