AU men's doubles team defeated by Texas A&M in NCAA Championship


Auburn's No. 12 doubles team of Tim Puetz, recent economics graduate, and Daniel Cochrane, freshman in business, fell to Texas A&M's No. 3 team of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicekin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Stanford University's campus.

"They played very well the first set," said head coach Eric Shore. "They raised their level.

"We had a couple of loose games in the second and third--that was probably the difference, but they played well and that team is still going in the tournament up to this point that I'm aware of."

The Tigers took an early lead, and won the first set 6-3. The Aggies bounced back in the second set with a 6-1 win.

In the third set, Auburn lost 6-2.

"The team we played is very good," Puetz said. "They are very solid.

"They played really well so we didn't have many chances on their serve. Those two, three games we played in the second and third set--all the serves cost us. We didn't necessarily play bad."

Auburn's No. 1 men's doubles team finished their season with a 15-8 record.

During the season, the pair consistently played at the top and took four wins over top-50 opponents.

While at Auburn, Puetz earned the second-most doubles victories in Auburn history with 89.

He also ranks third overall in the school's history for singles victories with 93 and second in combined victories with 182.

In the following season, Cochrane will play for the team as a sophomore.

He said he is happy with his freshman year and singles performance this season, and he loves it at Auburn University.

"I've had so many good memories here at Auburn," Puetz said in a press release. "The four years here were the best years of my life.

"It has been great. It didn't end the way I wanted it to end, but I had a great season."

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