AU Sports: Men’s tennis falls in 2nd round of SECs

The No. 20 Auburn Tigers men's tennis was edged out by No. 11 Kentucky, 4-3, in the second round of the SEC Tournament

MEN’S TENNIS

Falls in 2nd round of SEC Tournament
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 20 Auburn Tigers men’s tennis team was edged out by the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-3, Friday morning in the second round of the SEC Tournament. With the loss, the Tigers move to 15-9 on the season.

“It was a great match. We fought as hard as we could,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “We left everything out there. The guys were cramping in the final set, and we just came up a little bit short. We have been getting a great effort from the team all year.”

Auburn’s No. 19 Tim Puetz and Daniel Cochrane topped the Wildcats’ No. 35 Brad Cox and Eric Quigley, 8-6. The Tigers won the doubles point after No. 69 duo of Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies beat Kentucky’s Alex Musialek and Anthony Rossi.

After two losses in singles, Puetz would tie the match for the Tigers at 2-2, after upsetting No. 4 Eric Quigley, 6-2, 7-5. Then, Kentucky’s Tom Jomby defeated Auburn’s Rafael Rondino 6-4, 7-6 (4), on Court 6. In the No. 5 position, Auburn’s Andreas Mies toppled No. 123 Anthony Rossi, 6-4, 6-3.

The match came down to Court 2 where Kentucky’s Musialek outlasted Stamchev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Wildcats the victory.

Auburn, which has a chance to host an NCAA Regional, will find their fate on May 3 at 4:30 p.m. when the NCAA announces the field for this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

SOFTBALL

No. 25 Tigers host Miss. Valley State
The No. 25 Auburn softball team (32-14) will take a weekend break from Southeastern Conference play and host Mississippi Valley State in a doubleheader beginning at noon today.

Prior to the start of today’s first game, Auburn will recognize seniors Katie Colton, Kelley Smiley, Caitlin Stangl and Kyndall White. The senior class has helped Auburn advance to the past three SEC and NCAA tournaments and brought the Tigers their first top 25 ranking since the 2006 season. Auburn has been in the NFCA top 25 the past eight consecutive weeks.

TRACK & FIELD

Heads to Ole Miss
The Auburn track and field teams will compete in the Mississippi Open today in Oxford, Miss. Field events start at 9 a.m. and running events at 11 a.m.

Auburn enters the competition with the No. 11-ranked women’s team nationally, while the Tiger men are ranked 17th. The Tigers won seven events while hosting the War Eagle Invitational last weekend at Hutsell-Rosen Track. The women won five of those events, while the men’s team added two.

“We’ve had a great outdoor season so far,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “This past weekend the War Eagle Classic was a very high level meet. We had a lot of great races that we ran. I think that we had a really great meet last weekend.”

GYMNASTICS

Signs Webster for 2012 season
The Auburn gymnastics team signed Brittany Webster to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Jeff Graba has announced. She will begin competing for the Tigers in the all-around.

“I’m very excited to have Brittany join our team,” Graba said. “She is a tremendously powerful athlete who can readily help us on every event.”

A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Webster joins the 2011 signing class which includes Brianna Guy of Catonsville, Md., Caryn Kadous of San Antonio, Texas and Megan Walker of Brackney, Pa.

Webster trains at Kansas Gymnastics and Cheer in Olathe, Kan., and is coached by James Sampel, Jennifer Green and Annie Duncan. She was a member of the Region III team, which placed first at the Junior Olympic Nationals last year and was credited with the most creative dismount on bars.

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