AUBURN, Ala. -- Three newcomers led Auburn women’s tennis (1-0) to its first win of the 2016 dual match season, beating UAB, 7-0.
“This was our first match of the season, so I know that a lot of the girls were a little nervous,” said women’s tennis coach Lauren Spencer. “We played a little tight in the very beginning, but we pulled through once we calmed down a little bit. UAB is a much improved team and this was a good test for us before the ITA Kickoff. We have a really young team and for us to be able to come out with a solid 7-0 win was really good for us.”
Auburn started quick, going 2-1 in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Seniors Pleun Burgmans and Paula de Man made quick work of Pardis Kianoush and Elaine Simon from UAB, winning 6-3 on court 1. On court 2, Reka Muller and newcomer Alizee Michaud beat Catherine Ragon and McKenna Root 6-0. Freshmen Alannah Griffin and Caroline Turner fell to UAB’s Sophie Dodds and ReghanLynch 6-3 on court 3.
Singles got started with some tough matches for Auburn. Freshman Caroline Turner picked up Auburn’s second point. After taking the first set 6-1, Turner won after Reghan Lynch had to retire from injury. Sophomore No. 30 Andie Dikosavljevic followed up her trip to the National Intercollegiate Indoor Nationals with hard fought win, beating Elaine Simon 6-4, 6-1 on court two.
Fellow sophomore Alizee Michaud followed up with another tough victory in her first action as a Tiger. On court 3 trailing 5-2, Michaud battled back to win the match 7-5, 6-3. Alannah Griffin and Paula de Man both won in straight sets to give Auburn a 6-0 lead.
On court 1, Pleun Burgmans finished the day with another tough match. After winning in the tie-breaker, Burgmansfinished the sweep winning, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Auburn will face Michigan State on January 22 in Miami for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Tigers will return home on January 30 as they host Samford at Yarbrough Tennis Center.