Jan. 23, 2010
AUBURN - The No. 35 Auburn women's tennis team started its spring season on a high note with a 7-0 sweep over Kennesaw State at the City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center on Saturday.
"First match of the season, we came out and had some nerves in doubles and made it closer than it needed to be," said head coach Tim Gray. "We still have some work ahead of us at this point in the season, but I'm proud of how our team came out and performed today."
The Tigers took an early lead in doubles action and carried the momentum through singles play to solidify the win.
The women started the day with a clean sweeping of the doubles action. Auburn's two-spot team of Myrthe Molenveld and Daniela Vukadinovic took an 8-3 win over Iesha Holton and Ayano Tanaka to give the Tigers their first doubles win of the day.
In singles action, the Tigers kept the momentum, taking two quick wins. On court two, Molenveld made quick work of Iesha Holton with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Chifchieva, currently with an ITA ranking of 71 in singles action, followed with her 6-0, 6-2 victory over Vera Shkundia.
Jil Hastenrath clinched the win for the Tigers as she took a win by default after a 6-2 advantage in the first set.
Giving Auburn its fourth win in singles and its fifth point of the match, freshman Schippers rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Morgan Carney.
Keeping the streak alive, sophomore Vukadinovic topped Therese Lagerkvist, 6-3, 6-2. The Tigers then completed the sweep as freshman Thornton stepped up to take a 6-4, 6-0 win over Ayano Tanaka.
The sweep was the Tigers first since a March 31, 2009 win over Southern Mississippi.
Auburn will continue the weekend competition as they face off with No. 10 Georgia Tech Sunday. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at the City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center.