June 8, 2011
AUBURN - The No. 19 Auburn men's tennis team had four players represented in the final 2010-11 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings. In singles, senior Tim Puetz is ranked No. 18 while junior Alex Stamchev finishes No. 114. In doubles, Puetz and freshman partner Daniel Cochrane finish the year ranked No. 13 while Stamchev and sophomore partner Andreas Mies are ranked No. 84.
"It was a solid year for those guys," head coach Eric Shore said. "Hopefully Dan and Alex can build on that for next season, and it is a good way for Tim to end his career."
Puetz was 18-4 on the year, competing in the No. 1 spot, while defeating 10 ranked opponents on the year. He finished his career as a Tiger with the second most doubles victories in Auburn history with 89, third overall in singles victories with 93, and second in combined victories with 182. Puetz also becomes the first Tiger to finish the season ranked all four years of his career, finishing No. 74 in 2008, No. 91 in 2009, and No. 14 in 2010.
In doubles, the Tigers' top duo finished 15-8 (7-2 SEC), while defeating four top-50 opponents. The pair fell in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship to the eventual champions, Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicekin of Texas A&M.
Stamchev finished the season 16-10 (6-5 SEC) while competing in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots for the Tigers. He defeated five players ranked by the ITA this season, including a 7-6, 6-1 victory over LSU's No. 31 Neal Skupski.
Stamchev and Mies held down the No. 2 position in doubles, finishing the season 18-5 (8-3 SEC). The duo finished the season winning 12 out of their last 14 matches, including two wins over ranked opponents.