Michael Gaerthoeffner
Michael Gaerthoeffner

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rheine, Germany

Height:
6-0

Experience:
1L

Awards:
C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist (2007-08); 2007-08 C-USA Academic Honor Roll


Fall 2009: Upended Samford's Michael Browder, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round of singles play at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga...Had to pull out of second round match...Advanced to finals at Steve Baras Memorial Tournament in Chattanooga...Defeated Jacksonville State's Felipe Watanabe, 6-1, 6-3, in first round action...Upended Austin Peay's Henrique Norbiato, 6-2, 7-5, in the second round...Picked up win over UNC-Greensboro's Jacob Wright, 6-0, 6-2, in semifinals...Fell to Belmont's Rodrigo Amaral, 6-3, 6-4, in final round. ..Lost to Alabama's Michael Thompson, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, in main draw of Crimson Tide Fall Invite...Bounced back to capture consolation title with wins over Tennessee's Max Stevens, Tennessee Tech's Oscar Pachon and Southern Miss' Strate Krstevski...Teamed with Jordan Smith to defeat Samford's Witcher and Foster, 8-2, in the first round of doubles in Athens, Ga...Fell to Coastal Carolina's Ulaskin and Tzvetkov, 8-6, in the second round.

Spring 2008: Competed at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions for the Tigers...Compiled a 2-0 record at the No. 4 position...Picked up wins over Western Kentucky and Arkansas Pine Bluff...Went 3-1 at the No. 5 slot...Recorded wins over Prairie View A&M, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Troy...Compiled 8-5 record at No. 6 spot...Had wins over Southeastern Louisiana, Morehead State, Georgia State, Scottsdale Community College, Cal Poly, UT Martin, Ball State and South Alabama...Had an overall singles record of 13-9 during spring season...Teamed with David Henry to go 1-1 at USF Winter Invitational with win over team from Florida A&M...Went 1-0 at No. 3 slot with Michael Hayes...Duo defeated pair from Glendale Community College...Was 2-1 overall in doubles.

Fall 2008: Opened the fall season by advancing to the championship match of the gray singles flight at the 2008 Blue and Gray Invitational in Montgomery, Ala., with a defeat of Jan Miskos of North Alabama, 7-5, 6-3...In the second round he upended Dmitri Caron of Columbus State, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4...At the D'Nova ITA National Championships in Tulsa, Okla., lost to George Chanturia of Oklahoma in the first round, 6-3, 7-6(7)... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the ULL Invitational with two wins...Earned victory over Pavel Derkay of S.E. Louisiana, 6-1, 6-0 in the first round...Defeated former Tiger teammate Cody Loup of LSU in the Round of 16, 6-1, 6-1...In the quarterfinals fell to Vlad Popa of Nicholls State, 6-4, 7-5...In doubles, teamed with Spencer Heflin to win one match at the Crimson Tide Invite, getting the 8-0 victory over Chase Price and Tyler Pullen of Chattanooga...Fell in the second round of doubles to Carl Abalos and Carson Kadi of Southern Miss, 8-5.

Spring 2008: Put up the most overall wins of any U of M player as a freshman, amassing 19 victories in 2008...Compiled a 11-10 single dual record...Was 2-2 at the No. 2 singles spot...Put up a record of 1-0 at the No. 3 position... Had a mark of 8-8 in the No. 4 hole...Had a 5-3 overall doubles record...Teamed with Benedikt Fischer at the No. 3 doubles spot for an overall record of 5-2...Partnered with Spencer Heflin for a 0-1 doubles record.

Fall 2007: Posted a singles record of 8-4 in the Fall...Advanced to the finals of the UNF Invitational after beating his opponents from North Florida, Sanford and Florida Atlantic...Won four singles matches at the Southern Intercollegiates, defeating his opposition from Belmont, Western Kentucky, N.C. State and Georgia State...Went 4-2 in doubles during the Fall season...Teamed with Benedikt Fischer to win three doubles matches at the MTSU Invitational, defeating opponents from Belmont, Austin Peay and MTSU.

Personal: Born May 31st...Is the second German player to sign with the Tigers since Paul Goebel took over the program, following Michael Jetter (2005-06)...Was 12-5 in doubles on the ITF Junior Circuit, winning the doubles tournament at a tournament in Malta on the hardcourts in 2005...In January of 2006, he advanced to the quarters of the CASIO ITF Junior Tournament on carpet in Germany in doubles after also appearing in the quarterfinals at the Leeuwenbergh Open in 2005 on clay in the Netherlands.

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