Auburn ends drought with 5-2 win
Tigers get first win versus Ole Miss since 1993
AUBURN, Ala. — It took 18 years, but Auburn finally did it.
The 21st-ranked Tigers defeated No. 32 Ole Miss for the first time since 1993, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With the win, Auburn moves to 13-8 (5-5 SEC) on the season while the Rebels drop to 11-7 (5-5 SEC).
“It has been so long since we have beaten this team,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “It has been 18 years. I told Tim Puetz after he lost the second set tiebreaker, ‘well, we haven’t beat them in 18 years, what is another hour.'
“Nobody beats Auburn men’s tennis team 24 straight times. I thought the doubles point was great. We didn’t get off to a good start, we didn’t look very good for awhile, but we got on them early in the singles. They’re a great team and you knew they were going to battle back and they did. I am happy for the guys.”
In doubles, Auburn’s No. 45 Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies started the match off with an 8-6 victory against Tucker Vorster and Jonas Lutjen. In the No. 1 position, No. 28 Daniel Cochrane and Puetz secured the doubles point for the Tigers by upsetting No. 8 Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann, 8-5.
On Court 3, the Rebels’ Johan Backstrom and Adrian Forberg Skogeng defeated the Tigers’ Lucas Lopasso and Rafael Rondino, 8-6.
In singles, Auburn’s Andreas Mies cruised past Ole Miss’ Skogeng, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 5 position. On Court 2, Ole Miss’ No. 108 Tucker Vorster topped Auburn’s No. 118 Alex Stamchev, 6-2, 6-3, but Auburn took a 3-1 advantage after Tim Hewitt defeated Thiemann, 6-4, 7-5.
Rondino clinched the win for the Tigers by toppling Johan Backstrom, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2 on Court 6. Ole Miss gained their second point of the match after Lutjen beat Cochrane, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. At Court 1, No. 15 Puetz gave Auburn its fifth and final point by defeating No. 40 Thiemann, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2.