AUBURN, Ala. - Strong doubles play helped the Auburn women's tennis team win its first two matches of the 2015 season on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Complex.
The Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee State 4-1 in their morning match and topped Alabama A&M 4-0 in the afternoon.
"It was definitely a good start off and a good test for us before the ITA Kick-Off next weekend," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "We wanted to face a pretty tough team, and MTSU is a very good team. I expect them to be ranked very soon. We are glad to have this weekend under our belt. I think it is going to make us play better and get the nerves out. It was a good test."
The third-ranked doubles tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger recorded its first win of the spring season over Alabama A&M, defeating Jessica Taylor and Virag Hollos 6-1. The pair's first match of the day went unfinished versus Tiffany William and Darya Shulzhanok of MTSU with Burgmans and Flickinger leading 5-4. Paula de Man and Michala Kucharova defeated MTSU's Nayara Moraes and Brittany Huxley 6-2. The team of Reka Muller and Jen Pfeifler beat Jesse Grace and Guilia Squadrin 6-1.
Burgmans, at No. 1 singles, defeated the Blue Raiders' Tiffany William 6-1, 6-4 and Reka Muller defeated Jesse Grace of MTSU 6-2, 6-1. Paula de Man also added a singles win, defeating Brittnay Huxley 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Andie Dikasavljevic dropped a three-set match to Guilia Squadrin 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; four of the matches went to three sets.
The Tigers posted two singles wins against Alabama A&M before the match was concluded. Dikasavljevic topped Alabama A&M's Jessica Taylor 6-0, 6-0 and Paula de Man defeated Shrarre Smith 6-0, 6-0.
The 28th-ranked Tigers face Wake Forest at the ITA Kick-Off Classic in Athens, Ga., next Saturday. Auburn's next home match is on February 15 as the Tigers host Troy.
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#28 Auburn 4, Middle Tennessee State 1
1. Pleun Burgmans (AUBW) def. Tiffany William (MTSUW) 6-1, 6-4
2. Emily Flickinger (AUBW) vs. Darya Shulzhanok (MTSUW) 6-7, 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
3. Reka Muller (AUBW) def. Jesse Grace (MTSUW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Guilia Squadrin (MTSUW) def. Andie Dikasavljevic (AUBW) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Paula DeMan (AUBW) def. Brittany Huxley (MTSUW) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
6. Jen Pfeifler (AUBW) vs. Nayara Moraes (MTSUW) 2-6, 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
1. Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (AUBW) vs. Tiffany William/Darya Shulzhanok (MTSUW) 5-4, unfinished
2. Paula DeMan/Michala Kucharova (AUBW) def. Nayara Moraes/Brittany Huxley (MTSUW) 6-2
3. Reka Muller/Jen Pfeifler (AUBW) def. Jesse Grace/Guilia Squadrin (MTSUW) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,4,5)
#28 Auburn 4, Alabama A&M Women 0
1.Pleun Burgmans(AUBW) vs. Virag Hollos (AAMW) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
2.Emily Flickinger(AUBW) vs. Orianna Rodriguez (AAMW) 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. Andie Dikasavljevic (AUBW) def. Jessica Taylor (AAMW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Paula DeMan (AUBW) def. Shrarre Smith (AAMW) 6-0, 6-0
5.Mary Katherine Lewis(AUBW) vs. Jasmine Jenkins (AAMW) 6-0, 2-0, unfinished
6.Jen Pfeifler(AUBW) def. Khyana Price (AAMW), by forfeit
1. Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (AUBW) def. Jessica Taylor/Virag Hollos (AAMW) 6-1
2. Mary Katherine Lewis/Jen Pfeifler (AUBW) vs. Orianna Rodriguez/Shrarre Smith (AAMW) 4-2, unfinished
3. Andie Dikasavljevic/Paula DeMan (AUBW) def. Jasmine Jenkins/Khyana Price (AAMW) 0-0, 98-0