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Auburn Tops Troy, 5-2, In Home Opener

Auburn Tops Troy, 5-2, In Home Opener

AUBURN, Ala. – Playing at home for the first time this season, the
No. 28 Auburn men's tennis team took on the Trojans of Troy University
at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center
Wednesday and came away with the 5-2 victory.

The win put Auburn at 2-2 on the season, while Troy falls to 3-2.

"Troy is now a better team than the one we faced last year," head
coach Eric Shore said. "We have a long way to go as a team and we're
running out of time. We take on a good Georgia Tech team next week and
we have to grow up and play much better if we expect to have a close
match."

The two squads proved to be tough competition for each other in
doubles, as all three matches finished close. Juniors Tim Puetz and
Michel Monteiro finished first, taking the 9-7 win over Xavier Masson
and Branko Weber at No. 2 doubles. Securing the doubles point for Auburn
were freshmen Tim Hewitt and Alexander Sajonz at the No. 1 spot. The
pair defeated Luis Grangeiro and Mario Silva, 8-6.

Also picking up a doubles win were freshmen Lucas Lopasso and Andreas
Mies at the No. 3 spot for the Tigers. The duo defeated Anas Rouchdi and
Guilherme Sahadi in a tough battle, 9-8 (3).

With a 1-0 lead going into singles, the Tigers came away with three
quick singles wins to secure the team victory. Puetz, the 24th-ranked
singles player in the country, finished first with a 6-1, 6-2 victory
over Grangeiro at No. 1 singles. Mies followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win over
Masson at the No. 3 spot, while Hewitt defeated Weber (6-3, 6-3) in the
No. 2 position.

"Tim (Puetz) deserves a lot of credit as this team's captain,"
Shore said. "He faced a little adversity without doubles partner Alex
Stamchev. He really took leadership in doubles and got the job done in
singles. That is what a captain does and that is the kind of player he
is."

Auburn went up 5-0 after Lopasso claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sahadi at
No. 6 singles. In two contested matches at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots,
Troy's Aurelien Tave bested Sajonz (6-3, 7-5) and Silva topped
freshman Oliver Strecker in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 1-0).

Up next for the Tigers is a tough road trip as the squad will face No.
41 Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Feb. 17. The match is set for 2:30 p.m.
EST and will be played at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Auburn Men's Tennis Against Troy; W 5-2
Singles
1.  No. 24 Tim Puetz (Auburn) def. Luis Grangeiro (Troy); 6-1, 6-2
2. Tim Hewitt (Auburn) def. Branko Weber (Troy); 6-3, 6-3
3. Andreas Mies (Auburn) def. Xavier Masson (Troy); 6-2, 6-3
4. Aurelien Tave (Troy) def. Alexander Sajonz (Auburn); 6-3, 7-5
5. Mario Silva (Troy) def. Oliver Strecker (Auburn); 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (3)
6. Lucas Lopasso (Auburn) def. Guilherme Sahadi (Troy); 6-4, 6-4

Doubles
1. Hewitt/Sajonz (Auburn) def. Grangeiro/Silva (Troy); 8-6
2. Puetz/Monteiro (Auburn) def. Masson/Weber (Troy); 9-7
3. Lopasso/Mies (Auburn) def. Rouchdi/Sahadi (Troy); 9-8 (3)

Match Notes
Troy: 3-2
Auburn: 2-2; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6,5,4)


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