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Tigers Sweep Doubleheader To Open Season


Jan. 22, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn women's tennis team kicked its 2006 season off on a good note by sweeping both of its matches on Sunday to open the season 2-0 under first-year head coach Tim Gray. The Tigers earned a 4-2 win over Jacksonville University (0-1) and a 5-1 win over North Florida (1-1).

Auburn (2-0) began the day with a 9 a.m. meeting with Jacksonville University. In the match, the Tigers won 3-of-5 singles matches that were completed, while also taking the doubles point.

In singles, Tyler (Texas) junior-college transfer Dzeljan Memisi won her first event for Auburn in the No. 4 spot as she picked up a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jacksonville's Megan Williams. In the No. 5 position, sophomore Leigh Tippins defeated Elizabeth Styles in her first-ever collegiate match, 6-0, 6-0. The Tigers other win came at No. 6, as Erin Gray handed the Dolphins' Keri Zwikker a 6-0, 6-0 loss.

Playing at No. 1, senior Ashley Cowart lost 6-2, 7-5, to Emese Sulyos. At the No. 2 position, freshman Alex Haney lost a three-set match to Lena Willi, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7. Whitney Chappell's match at No. 3 was unfinished after the Tigers clinched the victory.

In doubles, Auburn took both completed matches to take the point from the Dolphins. At No. 2, the duo of Memisi and Tippins defeated Jacksonville's duo of Megan Williams and Lena Willi, 8-6. Playing in the No. 3 spot, the tandem of Gray and Haney topped the Dolphins' Kerri Zwikker and Elizabeth Styles, 8-0.

At the No. 1 doubles spot for the Tigers, Cowart and Chappell's match with Nanar Airapetian and Emese Sulyos was unfinished after the Tigers had already won the first two matches to win the point.



After the Tigers' victory over Jacksonville, they returned to the court at 3 p.m. to face North Florida. The Tigers made quick work of the Lady Ospreys with a 5-1 win.

The Tigers won the top-four singles matches and won the top-two doubles matches to secure the victory.

In singles, Cowart redeemed her loss earlier in the day at the No. 1 spot with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Katja Brandt. Playing at No. 2, Haney picked up her first victory of the spring with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over North Florida's Vanessa Sanchez. Chappell kept the Tigers' trend of victories going with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Lauren Cockbill at the No. 3 position. At the No. 4 position, Memisi stayed perfect on the year with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the Lady Ospreys' Robin Rogers.

North Florida's lone point came from Catalina Castillo, who claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tippins. At the No. 6 spot, Irina Pljusznyin's match with Carolina de Melo was unfinished because the Tigers had already claimed the match.

In doubles, Haney and Tippins won at the No. 1 spot, 8-4, over Katja Brandt and Carolina de Melo. At No. 2, Memisi and Cowart claimed an 8-4 win over the duo of Vanessa Sanchez and Lauren Cockbill. Chappell and Gray's match at No. 3 with Robin Rogers and Catalina Castillo went unfinished after the Tigers had already won two matches.

Auburn returns to the court on Monday to play at Stetson at 2 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers' home opener is Feb. 11 with Samford at 3 p.m.

Women's Collegiate Tennis
Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville University
1. Emese Sulyos, Jacksonville def. Ashley Cowart, AU, 6-2, 7-5.
2. Lena Willi, Jacksonville def. Alex Haney, AU, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7.
3. Nanar Airapetian, Jacksonville def. Whitney Chappell, AU, 7-6, (7-4), 3-3, unfinished.
4. Dzeljan Memisi, AU def. Megan Williams, JU, 6-0, 6-3.
5. Leigh Tippins, AU def. Elizabeth Styles, JU, 6-0, 6-0.
6. Erin Gray, AU def. Keri Zwikker, JU, 6-0, 6-0.

1. Nanar Airapetian/Emese Sulyos, JU vs. Ashely Cowart/Whitney Chappell, AU, 5-4, unfinished.
2. Dzeljan Memisi/Leigh Tippins, AU def. Megan Williams/Lena Willi, JU, 8-6.
3. Erin Gray/Alex Haney, AU def. Keri Zwikker/Elizabeth Styles, JU, 8-0.

North Florida
1. Ashley Cowart, AU def. Katja Brandt (UNF), 6-1, 6-1.
2. Alex Haney, AU def. Vanessa Sanchez (UNF), 6-1, 6-3.
3. Whitney Chappell, AU def. Lauren Cockbill (UNF), 6-1, 6-3.
4. Dzeljan Memisi, AU def. Robin Rogers (UNF), 6-3, 6-3.
5. Catalina Castillo (UNF) def. Leigh Tippins, AU, 6-2, 6-2.
6. Irina Pljusznyin, AU vs. Carolina de Melo (UNF) 6-7 (11-9), 3-0, unfinished.

1. Alex Haney/Leigh Tippins, AU def. Katja Brandt/Carolina de Melo (UNF), 8-4.
2. Dzeljan Memisi/Ashley Cowart, AU def. Vanessa Sanchez/Lauren Cockbill (UNF), 8-4.
3. Whitney Chappell/Erin Gray, AU vs. Robin Rogers/Catalina Castillo (UNF), 6-4, unfinished.

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