Men's Tennis Entertains Southern Miss Outdoors Saturday Afternoon
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 28 Auburn men's tennis team returns to the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center Saturday as the Tigers host Southern Miss, beginning at 1 p.m.
"This is a match we really need to win," head coach Eric Shore said. "We really need to come out on a mission right away and be successful at doubles to start. I'm really excited to be playing outdoors and it should be a good match."
The Tigers are 2-3 on the early dual season, while the Golden Eagles are 2-1 overall. Auburn last faced Southern Miss during the 2008 season, seeing the Tigers come away with the 7-0 win. The Tigers hold a perfect 11-0 series record over the Golden Eagles.
AUBURN DOUBLES PAIR RANKED NO.1 IN ITA POLL The doubles duo of junior Tim Puetz and Alex Stamchev have put themselves in unfamiliar territory as the pair are ranked the No. 1 doubles team in the country, according to the Feb. 18 ITA rankings.
"They have had such a great year together," Shore said. "They complement each other very well and have a lot more success ahead of them."
"We match up well and play to each other's strengths," Puetz said. "I play best at the net and he is great on the baseline. We have great chemistry out on the court."
TIGERS DROP TOUGH BATTLE AT GEORGIA TECH Auburn fell in a 4-3 fight-to-the-end battle to No. 40 Georgia Tech in Atlanta at the Bill Moore Tennis Center Wednesday. Highlighting the match was the performance of Puetz. In a huge come-from-behind match at No. 1 singles, defeated the then-No. 4 Guillermo Gomez in three sets.
Gomez topped Puetz 6-2 in the first set but Puetz came back in the second to win 6-3. The No. 28 player in the country battled Gomez through the third set and came out on top, 7-5.
The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi stand at 2-1 on the season and haven't competed since Feb. 5, seeing the team fall to UC Riverside, 4-3. The squad is led by sophomore Patricio Alvarado and senior Oscar Machuca in singles competition. Machuca and brother Diego Machuca head the Golden Eagles' doubles core.
The Tigers travel to Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 28 to take on the University of Tulsa Hurricane. The match is set for 12 p.m. CST and will be played at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.