AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s tennis improved to 6-0 on the season defeating Illinois in a tightly contested matchup, 4-1 on Saturday in Urbana, Ill. This is the first 6-0 start for the Tigers since 2002 and third in school history.
“It was good to get our first road win of the year against a strong Illinois team,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “Our doubles continues to improve, but we have a lot of work to do to get us to the next level and ready for national indoors.”
No. 25 duo Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo picked up their second straight victory over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 32 Louise Kwong and Ines Vias of Illinois. Alannah Griffin and Andie Dikosavljevic clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 victory on court two to improve to 20-3 as a duo.
Freshman Georgie Axon was first of the court in singles, defeating Daniela Pedraza Novak of Illinois, 6-2, 6-2. Axon improved to 14-3 in singles on the season.
No. 13 Alizee Michaud gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead after winning a hard fought match against Louise Kwong on court one. The Florida native won in a three set thriller 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.
Taylor Russo clinched the match for Auburn in another three-set match on court three. The freshman gave Auburn it’s sixth victory of the season with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Jaclyn Switkes.
The Tigers will return to action against Michigan State on Sunday in their final tune up before heading to New Haven, Conn. for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT.