AUBURN, Ala. – No. 15 Auburn women’s tennis punched it’s ticket to the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships with a 4-1 victory over No. 18 Southern California at Yarbrough Tennis Center on Sunday. The National Indoor Championships, hosted by Yale University, will be Feb. 10-12 in New Haven, Conn.
“Clinching a spot at National Indoors for the first time is a very special milestone for our program,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “Even though we had such a good year last year, we wanted to continue to build and grow as a program, so this was a big goal for us. We are excited for this opportunity.”
For the fifth straight match this season, Auburn took the doubles point and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on USC. No. 25 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo improved to 8-3, defeating No. 18 Zoe Katz and Gabby Smith. Alannah Griffin and Andie Dikosavljevic clinched the doubles point for the second-straight day, defeating Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes 7-6 (6) on court two.
“I was extremely proud of our doubles today,” Spencer said. “Allie and Taylor are playing high level tennis right now and beat a very good doubles team. Again, with the doubles point on the line, Andie and Alannah stepped up and showed why they are one of the top doubles teams in the SEC, to clinch the point.”
No. 13 Michaud was the first of the court in singles, winning her 15th singles match of the season to defeat No. 56 Zoe Katz of USC. The junior now has 61 singles victory for her career.
Roos van der Zwaan continued her hot streak on court four, upsetting No. 52 Madison Westby 6-3, 6-3. The junior from the Netherlands is now 3-0 in singles on the season.
Sophomore Griffin clinched the match for Auburn with an, 6-2, 7-6 (4) upset over USC’s No. 52 Madison Westby.
The Tigers will travel to Champagne, Illinois on Friday Feb. 3 to face off against the Fighting Illini and then head to East Lansing, Mich. on Feb. 5 for a match against Michigan State.