Jan. 26, 2014
|No. 23 Auburn 4, No. 24 Florida State 1|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#12 Burgmans vs. Borthwick (FSU)||6-4, 5-6, unf.|
|No. 2||Cartwright FSU) def. de Man (AU)||6-1, 6-3|
|No. 3||No. 98 Flickinger vs. Schippers (FSU)||7-6(5), 3-3, unf.|
|No. 4||Kucharova (AU) def. Porry (FSU)||6-2, 6-3|
|No. 5||Muller (AU) def. Santos (FSU)||6-2, 6-2|
|No. 6||Kasler (AU) def. Majlena (FSU)||3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11)|
|Order of Finish||2, 5, 4, 6|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#17 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Borthwick/Fanning (FSU)||6-3|
|No. 2||Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Cartwright/Schleich (FSU)||6-3|
|No. 3||Schippers/Vriens (FSU) def. Kasler/Pfeifler (AU)||6-3|
|Order of Finish||1, 3, 2|
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Jackie Kasler clinched Auburn’s first win of the season with a dramatic three-set victory over Florida State’s Majlena Pedersen on Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
"We used the momentum from doubles and carried that over to singles. We played hungry and took a step forward, Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "With Jackie, I look for her to act as a senior and she did that today. She's resilient and came back and got focused after falling a set down. In that tiebreaker she got down match point a couple times and I think this was a huge step forward for her to keep battling back. I was really proud of how we performed, but we've got a lot to work on.”
Auburn (1-1) took a 1-0 lead thanks to a pair of 6-3 doubles victories. The 17th-ranked pair of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger picked up their second win of the season with a 6-3 win against Florida State’s Daneika Borthwick and Emily Fanning.
“I was pleased with the rebound from Saturday's loss. We came out hungry and redeemed ourselves. This weekend for our team was good in that we won both doubles points in both matches. I think that’s something we can build on because it’s our goal to always win that point. I thought we were aggressive and much more prepared to go out and win the doubles today. I was pleased with quality and it set the tone."
After Auburn’s tandem of Jen Pfeifler and Kasler fell 6-4 to Florida State’s Daniela Schippers and Mia Vertens 6-3, the duo of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller provided a 6-3 victory over FSU’s Kerrie Cartwright and Kristin Schleich to seal the doubles point for the Tigers.
The Seminoles earned their lone point on Kerrie Cartwright’s 6-1, 6-3 victory over Auburn’s Paula de Man. The Tigers rebounded quickly as Kucharova rattled off a 6-2, 6-3 win in straight sets to put Auburn back on top 2-1. Reka Muller followed up with a quick dismantling of FSU’s Duda Santos 6-2, 6-2. The freshman improved her record to 13-5.
"We've been preparing for these 10-point tiebreakers in practice. I just tried to start over and take the next set to go to the tiebreaker," Kasler said after her three-set win. "I played more aggressive later in the match and started to get to the net more. All of our practice with tiebreakers really was key, plus I was really proud of our underclassman especially, Michala and Reka, with how they clinched the doubles point for us."
Burgmans was up a set, trailing 5-6 in the second set before playing was suspended, while No. 98 Flickinger took the first 7-6 (5) after trailing 4-1 to Schippers early in the first. The match was halted at 3-3 in the second set.
Auburn is in action on Saturday when it opens its home slate with a doubleheader against Alabama A&M and Troy. Play begins at 11 a.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.