AUBURN, Ala. – Despite fighting until the end, the No. 12 Auburn women’s tennis team was handed its first loss of the season by Princeton on Sunday by a score of 4-2 at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J.
Doubles competition came down to the wire, but Princeton was able to claim the point after a 6-0 win from Sara Goodwin and Nathalie Rodilosso over Auburn’s Georgie Axon and Alannah Griffin on court three along with a 6-4 victory from Clare McKee and Katrine Steffensen over Auburn’s Madeline Meredith and Taylor Russo on court two. Before the point was decided, however, Auburn’s Jaeda Daniel and Alizee Michaud were able to push the decision to the final set after notching a 6-4 victory over Princeton’s Nicole Kalhorn and Stephanie Schrage on court one.
In singles, Auburn was able to claim two victories before Princeton clinched the win. No. 77 Taylor Russo claimed her third victory of the spring season by defeating Princeton’s No. 75 Stephanie Schrage 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 on court two. Freshman Madeline Meredith improved her perfect spring record to 5-0 with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 victory over Princeton’s Clare McKee on court four. Princeton’s three victories came from Nicole Kalhorn, Gaby Pollner and Tiffany Chen on courts three, five and six.
The Tigers, now 6-1, will next be in action in Madison, Wisc., for the ITA National Indoor Championships, which will be held Friday through Monday.
Princeton 4, #12 Auburn 2
#87 Katrine Steffensen (PRIN) vs. #53 Jaeda Daniel (AUBURN) 3-6, 7-5, 2-5, uf
#77 Taylor Russo (AUBURN) def. #75 Stephanie Schrage (PRIN) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
Nicole Kalhorn (PRIN) def. Alizee Michaud (AUBURN) 6-3, 6-1
Madeline Meredith (AUBURN) def. Clare McKee (PRIN) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
Gaby Pollner (PRIN) def. Andie Dikosavljevic (AUBURN) 6-2, 6-2 6.
Tiffany Chen (PRIN) def. Alannah Griffin (AUBURN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Jaeda Daniel/Alizee Michaud (AUBURN) def. Nicole Kalhorn/Stephanie Schrage (PRIN) 6-4 2.
Clare McKee/Katrine Steffensen (PRIN) def. Madeline Meredith/Taylor Russo (AUBURN) 6-4
Sara Goodwin/Nathalie Rodilosso (PRIN) def. Georgie Axon/Alannah Griffin (AUBURN) 6-0
Order of Finish:
Singles – 3, 5, 4, 2, 6; Doubles -- 3, 1, 2