AU Sports: Men’s tennis duo racks up awards

Auburn senior Tim Puetz and junior Alex Stamchev were named to the All-SEC tennis team

Puetz, Stamchev rack up awards

Auburn senior Tim Puetz and junior Alex Stamchev were named to the All-SEC tennis team, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday. Puetz was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his performance on and off the court as well as being named to the All-SEC First Team. Stamchev was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

Puetz, who is currently ranked 12th in singles and in doubles with partner Daniel Cochrane, has posted a 16-3 (7-2 SEC) record in the No. 1 position for the Tigers this year. Of his 16 singles victories, 10 of which have come against ranked opponents, with his biggest upset coming against Kentucky’s No. 4 Eric Quigley during the regular season and in the SEC Tournament.

Puetz, an economics major from Usingen, Germany, is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and a four-time Auburn Academic Top Tiger.

Stamchev was named to the All-SEC Second Team after compiling a 13-9 (6-5 SEC) record in his junior year. Stamchev has competed in the No. 2 and No. 3 spot for the Tigers. This is the second time in his career that he has been honored by the conference after earning a spot on last year’s All-SEC Second Team. The Pleven, Bulgaria native, who is currently ranked No. 81 in doubles with partner Andreas Mies, was also named an Auburn Academic Top Tiger for his performance in the classroom.

Tigers head to Pa.

The nationally ranked Auburn track and field teams will compete in the Penn Relays beginning today in Philadelphia.

Auburn enters the competition with the No. 13-ranked women’s team nationally, while the Tiger men are ranked 19th.

The Tigers will face stiff competition with over 125 Division I schools competing in the meet. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Clemson, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 Texas Tech, No.11 Arkansas, No. 13 Auburn, No. 16 Tennessee and No. 18 Nebraska will represent the women’s side. For the men’s side, eight top 25 schools will be present with No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 LSU, No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 19 Auburn.

Auburn will have several athletes competing at three other competitions including the Quad Meet hosted by the University of South Alabama, the Drake Relays hosted by Drake University and the ULM War Hawk Classic hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Penn Relays will be followed by an off weekend before the SEC Championships May 12-15 in Athens, Ga.

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