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

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

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
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

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)