"Tim has played two good players in these first two rounds and he has won both of them in straight sets," Auburn coach Eric Shore said. "It will be a tough match tomorrow, but he has as good a chance as anybody. He's capable of doing a lot of damage in this tournament."
Puetz won his opening round match 6-3, 6-3 vs. Sven Vloedgraven of Binghamton.
Playing doubles on Thursday, Puetz and Alex Stamchev lost 7-5, 6-3 to Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan of Ohio State. "Tim and Alex played a good team today," Shore said. "I don't think we played particularly well. It's too bad because they've played well all year, but they didn't play one of their better matches today. They couldn't get anything going all day. They tried, but just couldn't get anything going."
The loss dropped the record to 13-8 for Stamchev and Puetz.
In the women's singles competition, senior Fani Chifchieva lost her second round match 7-6 7-5 to Maria Sanchez in the round of 32.