Auburn Tennis bested by Kentucky, 4-3

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 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Gainesville, Fla. 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."

Kentucky took the first doubles match on court three as Alberto Gonzalez and Alejandro Gomez defeated Auburn's Lucas Lopasso and Rafael Rondino, 8-5. 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.

In singles, Kentucky's Brad Cox earned a straight-set victory over Auburn's Tim Hewitt, 6-4, 7-5. On court four, Auburn's Daniel Cochrane fell to No. 83 Alberto Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-4. Auburn's No. 16 Tim Puetz would tie the match up at 2-2, after upsetting No. 4 Eric Quigley, 6-2, 7-5.

Kentucky's Tom Jomby defeated Auburn's Rafael Rondino 6-4, 7-6 (4), on court six. In the No. 5 position, Auburn's Andreas Mies toppled No. 123 Anthony Rossi, 6-4, 6-3.

The match came down to court two where Kentucky's No. 52 Alex Musialek outlasted the Tigers' No. 118 Alex Stamchev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Wildcats the victory.

Auburn, who 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.

Against Kentucky

Singles competition

1. No. 16 Tim Puetz (AU) def. No. 4 Eric Quigley (UK) 6]2, 7]5

2. No. 52 Alex Musialek (UK) def. No. 118 Alex Stamchev (AU) 4]6, 6]3, 6]3

3. Brad Cox (UK) def. Tim Hewitt (AU) 6]4, 7]5

4. No. 83 Alberto Gonzalez (UK) def. Daniel Cochrane (AU) 6]4, 6]4

5. Andreas Mies (AU) def. No. 123 Anthony Rossi (UK) 6]4, 6]3

6. Tom Jomby (UK) def. Rafael Rondino (AU) 6]4, 7]6 (7]4)

Doubles competition

1. No. 19 Tim Puetz/Daniel Cochrane (AU) def. No. 35 Brad Cox/Eric Quigley (UK) 8]6

2. Alex Stamchev/Andreas Mies (AU) def. Alex Musialek/Anthony Rossi (UK) 8]6

3. Alberto Gonzalez/Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Lucas Lopasso/Rafael Rondino (AU) 8]5

Match Notes:

University of Kentucky 24]7 (8]3 SEC); National ranking #11

Auburn University 15]8 (6]5 SEC); National ranking #20

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,4,1,6,5,2)

SEC Tournament Second Round ]] Gainesville Fla.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics