June 11, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. - Two Auburn men's tennis players - junior Andreas Mies and senior Alex Stamchev - have been named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team, the ITA has announced.
The Tigers' top doubles duo earned a spot on the All-America team by virtue of being a top-eight seed at the NCAA Championships last month. They climbed as high as No. 6 in the national rankings during the 2012 season and finished ranked No. 19 in the nation, posting a 13-6 overall record during the year.
For Stamchev, it was his second career honor as an All-American. He was also named an All-American in 2010 as he finished the season ranked No. 9 in doubles with partner Tim Puetz. The native of Pleven, Bulgaria, finished the 2012 season with a 26-10 singles record and a 24-10 mark in doubles, setting the school records for career doubles wins (107) and combined singles/doubles victories (212) in the process. He was also ranked 51st in the final ITA singles rankings, his best mark of the season.
Mies, a native of Niederkassel, Germany, was named an All-American for the first time. He posted a 28-11 overall mark in singles play and an 18-13 mark in doubles. He advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles championship and was ranked No. 23 in the final ITA singles rankings.
Mies becomes the 15th all-time Auburn player to be named an All-American, and Stamchev is the sixth Tiger to earn multiple All-America honors.
To be named an All-American in singles, a player must be a top-16 seed at the NCAA Championships, reach the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships or finish ranked in the final top 20 of the ITA rankings. In doubles, a team must be a top-eight seed at the NCAA Championships, reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships, or finish the season ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings.