AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s tennis opened up the 2017 season with a 7-0 sweep over Samford on Saturday at Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“I thought we had a solid first match and I was pleased with our performance,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “We had some great energy and I thought we came out and took care of business against a solid Samford team. This was a strong start to our season.”
Auburn jumped out to the early lead, sweeping the doubles matches. Junior Roos van der Zwaan and Reka Muller were first off the court as the duo defeated Savannah Wood and Arianna Beltrame, 6-2. Alannah Griffin and Andie Dikosavljevic defeated Samford ‘s Elsa Pool and Georgina Jupp, 6-3 to clinch the doubles point.
van der zwaan gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory on court five, while No. 13 Alizee Michaud improved to 11-3 on the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Samford’s Savannah Wood.
With Auburn up 3-0, No. 101 Dikosavljevic defeated Ellie Gerlach, 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the match for Auburn. The junior improved to 5-3 in singles on the season.
Georgie Axon picked up her 10th win on the season with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court six and Russo defeated Elsa Pool 6-1, 6-2 on court three. Griffin capped the match off with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Samford’s Arianna Beltrame.
Auburn will return to action tomorrow for two matches against ULM and Georgia State. The first match will begin at 10 a.m. CT, while the second is set to kick off at 6 p.m. Both matches will be played at Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.
No. 15 Auburn 7, Samford 0
No. 13 Alizee Michaud (AU) def. Savannah Wood (SU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 101 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) def. Ellie Gerlach (SU), 6-0, 6-1
Taylor Russo (AU) def. Elsa Pool (SU), 6-1, 6-2
Alannah Griffin (AU) def. Arianna Beltrame (SU), 6-2, 6-4
Roos van der Zwaan (AU) def. Nadine de Williers (SU), 6-1, 6-1
Georgie Axon (AU) vs. Annika Hepp (SU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 25 Alizee Michaud/Taylor Russo(AU) def. Ellie Gerlach/Annika Hepp (SU), 6-4
Roos van der Zwaan/Reka Muller (AU) vs. Savannah Wood/Arianna Beltrame (SU), 6-2
Alannah Griffin/Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) vs. Elsa Pool/Georgina Jupp (SU), 6-3
Match played indoors
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,3,1 Singles: 5,1,2,6,3,4