CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Auburn (2-0) women's tennis picked up their second win of the dual match season with a 4-0 sweep over No. 69 Michigan State in the ITA Kick-Off.
"This was one of those matches where the conditions are so bad that you have to throw out the idea of playing pretty and just play gritty, tough tennis," said head women's tennis coach Lauren Spencer. "Michigan State gave us nothing, they fought for every point and we had to just really dig in and want to win the point more. We preached ball tolerance and staying positive in a difficult situations and was really proud of how they dug in and battled. We will have to bring that same mental toughness in tomorrow's match against Miami."
Auburn won the doubles point after another dominant outing from duo Alizee Michaud and Reka Muller, beating Michigan State's Emily Metcalf and Allie Baer 6-2. Andie Dikosavljevic and Alannah Griffin teamed up for the first time this year and beat Emily Meyers and Lexi Baylis 6-4. Doubles No. 30 Pleun Burgmans and Paula de Man were leading 5-3 but did not finish after Auburn clinched the doubles point.
Michaud gave Auburn a 2-0 lead after a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory over Athena Trouillot. Burgmans picked up her second win of the dual-match season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lexi Baylis in the No. 1 spot. Griffin clinched the sweep for Auburn after beating Emily Metcalf 6-3, 7-6.
Singles No. 31 Andie Dikosavljevic was winning in the third set, 1-6, 7-5, 3-2 when the match was clinched. Muller was also winning in the third set, 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.
Auburn will play No. Miami tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT for a shot to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., Freb. 5-8.