Auburn's Puetz Advances to NCAA Semi-finals

Auburn junior Tim Puetz earned another big victory at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

Athens, Ga.--Junior Tim Puetz earned a spot in the semi-finals at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship with a two-set victory over Virginia's Michael Shabaz on Saturday.

With the win, Puetz becomes the third Auburn men's tennis player in Auburn to advance to the semi-finals. Current assistant coach Gabor Pelva was the last Tiger to reach the semifinals, advancing in 2004 singles championships. Former Tiger and 2005 Wimbledon doubles champion Stephen Huss was the first Auburn player to do it in 2000.

"I'm really happy and this has become an unbelievable run," Puetz said. "I'm playing really well and am feeling tough both mentally and physically. I know I'm not done yet and still have something left."

With the opening set tied at four apiece, No. 16 Puetz fought for the final two points to secure the 6-4 first-set win over No. 11 Shabaz. The Auburn junior took the final set by a score of 6-2 to advance in the national tournament.

"I'm very proud of Tim and how he is playing," Auburn coach Eric Shore said. "I knew that he had a chance to do well in this tournament and he continues to do damage."

Puetz stands at 21-6 overall and is now 16-6 against opponents in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top-125. He opened the tournament Wednesday with a two-set win over Sven Vloedgraven of Binghamton. Puetz reached the Elite Eight with two-straight, two-set victories over Texas A&M's Jeff Dadamo on Thursday and Tennessee's Rhyne Williams on Friday.

Puetz will face the winner of the quarter-finals match between Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas or Louisville's Austen Childs. Competition will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

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