Jan. 25, 2014
|No. 17 Texas 4, No. 23 Auburn 1|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#22 Addison (TEX) def. #12 Burgmans (AU)||6-0, 6-3|
|No. 2||Begley (TEX) def. de Man (AU)||6-2, 6-3|
|No. 3||Kopricina (TEX) vs. #98 Flickinger (AU)||6-3, 2-4, unfinished|
|No. 4||#77 Batra (TEX) def. Muller (AU)||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 5||Horn (TEX) vs. Pfeifler (AU)||6-2, 4-3, unfinished|
|No. 6||Padegimiate (TEX) def. Kasler (AU)||6-1, 6-2|
|Order of Finish||1, 2, 4, 6|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#17 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. #21 Addison/Horn (TEX)||7-6 (3)|
|No. 2||Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Begley/Kopricina (TEX)||7-5|
|No. 3||Batra/Padegimiate (TEX) def. Kasler/Pfeifler (AU)||6-3|
|Order of Finish||3, 1, 2|
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team started strong, securing the doubles point against No. 17 Texas, but came up short in the match, falling 4-1 to the Longhorns on Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The Tigers (0-1), playing in the ITA-Kickoff Weekend, went up 1-0 early on the Longhorns (2-0) behind a pair of thrilling doubles wins. Needing to win two matches, the Tigers rallied as No. 17 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger made it one match a piece with a 7-6 (3) victory over Texas’ No. 21 Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn in the No. 1 doubles spot.
Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller sealed the doubles point for Auburn, battling to a 7-5 win over the Longhorns’ Elizabeth Begley and Nada Koprcina. The Tigers went into singles play, riding momentum but were unable to come up with a victory as Texas rattled off four wins to clinch the match.
“I felt we came out and played extremely tight from the very beginning and even though we were able to get the doubles point, it wasn’t the quality of doubles that we are used to putting on the court,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We didn’t take the momentum from that point into single and credit has to go to Texas for coming out and playing well in their singles.”
Auburn will face Florida State (2-1) in Sunday’s consolation round match beginning at 10 a.m. The Seminoles fell 4-3 to Rice on Saturday afternoon and enter the weekend ranked No. 24 in the latest ITA rankings.
“I have faith that this team will meet the challenge of stepping up and rebounding for tomorrow,” Meisner said. “Every team here is a top-ranked competitor and we will need to come out tomorrow and play to our potential.”