AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s tennis opened up the 2017 ITA Kickoff Weekend with a 4-0 sweep over Rice on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“We came into the match knowing it was going to be a fight to the end and I am very impressed with how our girls responded,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “It’s good to get a win in the first round of the ITA Kickoff. USC (Southern California) and Rice are both very tough teams and we will have another tough battle tomorrow.”
The Tigers clinched their fourth straight doubles point with wins on the top two courts. No. 25 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo were first off the court as the duo defeated Olivia Noble and Juliane Triebe, 6-2 on court one. Andie Dikosavljevic and Alannah Griffin upset No. 50 Katerina Stloukalova and Georgia Lawson in a thriller, 7-6 (5) to clinch the doubles point.
“Fresno State has very tough doubles teams and with the match on the line, Andie and Alannah responded to the challenge to clinch the point,” said Spencer. “They have won in tight situations time and time again and I was very proud of how they battled today.”
Georgie Axon was first off the court with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory on court six to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. No. 13 Michaud extended Auburn’s lead with her 14th win of the season, defeating Stloukalova 6-4, 6-2 on court one.
Roos van der Zwaan clinched the match with a 6-1, 7-5 victory on court five. The junior improves to 2-0 in singles for the dual-match season.
The Tigers will return to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center against the winner of USC and Rice. The winner tomorrow will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, hosted by Yale University in New Haven, Conn.