Feb. 1, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 26 Auburn's women's tennis team's rally
against No. 11 Clemson fell short and were dealt a 4-3 loss to wrap up
action at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
A trio of players picked up wins in singles action in the loss.
"We competed very had and had chances to win this match," head
coach Tim Gray said. "The doubles point was key. We were in position
to win at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles and Clemson stepped up at No. 1 doubles
when it counted. They went after it and earned it. I'm proud of our
effort from top to bottom. We can't hang our heads as they are the No.
11 team in the nation. We also had some great individual performances
from Alex Haney, Melissa Koning and Whitney Chappell."
The Tigers dropped two close doubles matches to begin the afternoon.
Clemson's Josipa Bek and Ani Mijacika narrowly defeated Auburn's duo
of Fani Chifchieva and Melissa Koning, 8-6, in the No. 1 position.
Auburn's Jil Hastenrath and Whitney Chappell suffered an 8-5 setback
at the hands of Estefania Balda and Alexandra Luc for Clemson to win the
In singles play, Auburn lost the first two matches, but picked up its
first point of the day on upset by No. 86 Haney. The senior knocked off
10th-ranked Bek, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, in the No. 2 spot.
Haney's win was followed with a victory in the No. 3 position by 41st
ranked Koning, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Clemson's Estefania Balda.
With two matches remaining, Auburn had closed the gap, 3-2.
Chappell earned Auburn's third point on a 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 marathon
upset of No. 117 Alexandra Luc. Chappell's win came too late as Auburn
suffered defeat in the No. 6 spot.
The Tigers will be back in action Friday against Texas A&M in College
Station, Texas, at 6 p.m.
Singles (order of finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 6, 5)
1. No. 4 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. No. 6 Fani Chifchieva (AU), 6-1, 6-2
2. No. 86 Alex Haney (AU) def. No. 10 Josipa Bek (CU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
3. No. 41 Melissa Koning (AU) def. Estefania Balda (CU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. No. 111 Keri Wong (CU) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Whitney Chappell (AU) def. No. 117 Alexandra Luc (CU), 6-4, 4-6,
6. Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Jil Hastenrath (AU), 6-1, 6-3
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3)
1. Josipa Bek/Ani Mijacika (CU) def. Fani Chifchieva/Melissa Koning
2. Alex Haney/Myrthe Molenveld (AU) vs. Ina Hadziselimovic/Keri Wong
(CU), 7-6, DNF
3. Estefania Balda/Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Jil Hastenrath/Whitney
Chappell (AU), 8-5