May 25, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn junior Tim Puetz and sophomore Alex Stamchev are set to begin competition in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships for singles and doubles play, which is slated to start Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia.
Puetz will compete in singles competition beginning on Wednesday and will join forces with Stamchev in doubles play, which is set to start on Thursday.
The six-day event will begin with singles play on Wednesday, as Puetz competes against Sven Vloedgraven of Binghamton. Puetz, currently ranked as the No. 20 singles player in the nation, will be facing Vloedgraven for the first time this year.
"Tim is entering the tournament as a seeded player and it gives him a good opportunity to show the type of player he really is," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "He is capable to do damage in this tournament."
This season, Puetz posted a 14-6 record while playing at the No. 1 spot for the Tigers. When playing against players ranked in the top-100 of the ITA rankings, he holds an 11-6 mark, including two victories over top-5 players.
The Usingen, Germany, native's trip to this year's NCAA Singles Tournament marks the tenth time in the past 11 years that Auburn has sent a player to compete in the national event.
Puetz's first-round match in the field of 64 is set to begin at 9 a.m. CT.
Beginning on Thursday, Puetz will combine with Stamchev to take on the field of 32 in doubles competition. Currently ranked as the No. 13 doubles duo in the country, the pair will face Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan, the No. 9 tandem.
"Tim and Alex have had great year," Shore stated. "They have a chance to really make a name of themselves and do very well."
This year, Puetz and Stamchev posted a 13-7 record as Auburn's top duo. The pair defeated two top-10 teams during the season, including a victory over the No. 2 duo of Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee.
Puetz will be making the second trip of his career to the NCAA Doubles Tournament. Last year, he paired with Alexey Tsyrenov as the duo advanced to the semifinals.
Fans may follow the action at www.NCAA.com.