Tigers Take Down Mercer and Alabama A&M in Double-Header
Alex Haney
The No. 27 Auburn women's tennis team defeated Mercer and Alabama A&M both 7-0 in a Saturday double header at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

The Tigers gave up only 10 games, eight to Mercer and one to Alabama A&M, in two dual-matches. Auburn won eight shut-out singles matches and five shut-out doubles matches.

"We came out focused," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray. "These are the types of matches that you have to make sure you take care of business."

Versus Alabama A&M, Auburn won four singles matches in straight-set shut-out victories. Auburn freshman Dunja Djuranovic clinched the match in her dual-season debut. She defeated Djuana Grant 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 6 singles spot.

Sophomore Heather Bybee also made a season debut, defeating Lauren Cintron in straight sets on court five.

"I am sure Dunja and Heather were excited," Gray said. "They worked hard and they played like what we have been working on in practice."

The Tigers won the doubles point with three shut outs. Fani Chichieva and Jil Hastenrath clinched the doubles point by defeating Cintron and Charlene Tsangmwe on court two.

Against Mercer, junior Alex Haney won Auburn's first singles match with a 6-0, 6-0, victory on court two versus Irys Citko. Whitney Chappell won the next singles point on court four with a shut-out victory as well. Fani Chifchieva clinched the match on court one with her 6-0, 6-1, victory over Anna Wieslander.

Melissa Koning and Jil Hastenrath won the fifth and sixth points on courts three and five with shut-out victories. Freshman Gaby Beelen battled with Karen Bellman on court six and came out victorious 6-0, 7-5, to cap Auburn's shut-out of Mercer.

Auburn won the doubles point versus Mercer with shut-out victories on courts two and three with pairs Chifchieva and Hastenrath, and Beelen and Chappell. Haney and Koning completed the doubles sweep winning 8-2 on court one.

Auburn be back in action on Feb. 2, versus Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The Tigers will return to the Plains on Feb. 9, to face Georgia State at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match Is open to the public and admission is free.

Results vs. Mercer
Singles Results - ( ) Represents Order of Finish
(3)AU Fani Chifchieva def. MU Anna Wieslander 6-0, 6-1
(1)AU Alex Haney def. MU Irys Citko 6-0, 6-0
(5)AU Melissa Koning def. MU Priscilla Dias 6-0, 6-0
(2)AU Whitney Chappell def. MU Amalia Bugge 6-0, 6-0
(4)AU Jil Hastenrath def. MU Cali Sachs 6-0, 6-0
(6)AU Gaby Beelen def. MU Karen Bellman 6-0, 7-5

Doubles Results
(3)AU Haney/Koning def. MU Dias/Wieslander 8-2
(1)AU Chifchieva/Hastenrath def. MU Citko/Sachs 8-0
(2)AU Beelen/Chappell vs. Bellman/Kelly Clount 8-0

Alabama A&M Results
Results- ( ) Denotes order of finish
(2)AU Fani Chifchieva def. AAM Charlene Tsangamwe 6-0, 6-0
(1)AU Alex Haney def. AAM Me'Shala Johnson 6-0, 6-0
(4)AU Whitney Chappell def. AAM Brittany Jelks 6-0, 6-0
(6)AU Jil Hastenrath def. AAM Tachon McClaine 6-1, 6-0
(5)AU Heather Bybee vs AAM Lauren Cintron 6-0, 6-0
(3)AU Dunja Djuranovic vs AAM Djuana Grant 6-0, 6-1

(2)AU Haney/Koning def. AAM Jelks/Johnson 8-0
(3)AU Chifchieva/Hastenrath def. AAM Cintron/Tsangamwe 8-0
(1)AU Beelen/Chappell def. AAM Grant/McClaine 8-0