June 7, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn junior Tim Puetz and sophomore Alex Stamchev capped off a great 2009-10 season as each earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I All-America Team. Puetz was recognized on both the singles and doubles team, while Stamchev was honored in doubles.
In order for a player to be named to the All-America Team, they must meet any of the following criteria: be a top-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship or top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship, reach the Round of 16 in singles or the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship or finish in the top 20 (singles) or top-10 (doubles) of the final ITA rankings.
Puetz became just the third Tiger in Auburn history to reach the singles tournament semifinal. The Usingen, Germany, product fell in the Final Four of this year's tournament, falling in two sets to Louisville's Austen Childs. Puetz concluded the year with a 32-11 overall mark and finished 16-7 against opponents in the ITA Top-125.
Current assistant coach Gabor Pelva was the last Tiger to reach the Final Four, advancing in the 2004 singles championships. Former Tiger and 2005 Wimbledon doubles champion Stephen Huss was the first Auburn player to earn a semifinal bid, coming in 2000.
Puetz's All-America honor is the eighth honor in Auburn history and is the first since 2004 when Pelva reached the semifinals. In the final ITA rankings of the season, Puetz finished No. 14 in the country.
"I'm very happy for Tim," head coach Eric Shore said. "He has had a great year at the top singles spot for us this year and his run in the NCAA tournament proved that he deserved to be honored."
Puetz and Stamchev paired to be the tenth-ranked doubles team in the country at the start of the tournament. The duo fell to Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan in the first round of the championships.
The pair finished with a 24-10 overall mark on the season, competing at Auburn's front spot throughout the season and taking two wins over top-10 opponents. The duo finished ranked No. 9 in the final ITA rankings.
"Tim and Alex were disappointed after losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but they had a great year overall and I'm happy for them," Shore said.
The pair becomes the sixth Auburn doubles team to be named to the All-America team. Last season, Puetz earned All-America honors as he and former Tiger Alexey Tsryenov reached the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships.