Feb. 1, 2014
|# 21 Auburn 7, Troy 0|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#12 Burgmans (AU) def. Dorofeeva (TROY)||6-0, 6-0|
|No. 2||#98 Flickinger def. Hunyh (TROY)||6-4, 6-2|
|No. 3||de Man (AU) def. Cosovic (TROY)||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 4||Kucharova (AU) def. Gonzalez (TROY)||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 5||Muller (AU) def. De Haan (TROY)||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 6||Kitchen (AU) def. Durden (TROY)||6-1, 6-3|
|Order of Finish||1,4,5,6,2,3|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#17 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) vs. Cosovic/Huynh (TROY)||5-2, unf.|
|No. 2||Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Haan/Gonzalez (TROY)||6-0|
|No. 3||Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) def. Dorofeeva/Durden (TROY)||6-2|
|Order of Finish||2,3|
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis clinched the doubles point for the third straight match and swept each singles match to defeat Troy 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“Troy’s a very aggressive team so you have to start hot and go after them. We knew they were scrappy and would make us play and they did that,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I’m very proud of how we started out with doubles and we transitioned well into singles, coming up hot in most of our spots.”
The 60th-ranked duo of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller made quick work of Troy’s (1-4) Anja Cosovic and Trang Huynh 6-0 in No. 2 doubles. Auburn’s (2-1) Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler posted a 6-2 victory over Troy’s Lyubov Dorofeeva and Brooke Durden to secure the point for the Tigers in the No. 3 spot. Kasler earned her 128th career win in an Auburn uniform, which ranks fifth in school history for combined victories.
In singles, it was Burgmans who got off the court first. The 12th-ranked sophomore did not drop a game, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Troy’s Dorofeeva. Kucharova posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Trojans’ Monica Gonzalez. Auburn clinched the match as Muller defeated Troy’s Margot De Haan 6-3, 6-0.
“Pleun played excellent. She played stellar tennis and got the job done. I’ve got to give credit to Troy, they came out swinging on courts two and three, but we told our girls to weather the storm and play some close points. Both (Emily Flickinger and Paula de Man) came back from down 4-1 and showed mental toughness to win the first set 6-4,” Meisner said.
“On courts four through six, we still had great intensity and our players played to their potential. This was a good 7-0 win. I’m happy to get out first home win and we are going to keep working towards next weekend,” Meisner said.
Ashley Kitchen picked up her first dual match win of the season, taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Troy’s Brooke Durden on court six. Flickinger rallied from an early first-set deficit to win in straights, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles. Paula de Man took the win on court three, earning a 6-4, 6-4 against Anja Cosovic.
“Credit to her (Trang Huynh) she came out and painted lines early on. I didn’t have my best in the beginning, but I started to get a lot more balls in the court and began to break her game down,” Flickinger said following Auburn’s second victory of the year.
The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 9 with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. and Samford at 5 p.m. Admission is free to all home Auburn tennis matches.