AUBURN, Ala. – No. 14 Auburn women’s tennis defeated Michigan State, 4-3 in a battle of undefeated teams on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. and gave the Tigers their seventh win, for the first 7-0 start in program history.
“This was a tough road trip against two solid BIG 10 teams that are tough to play indoors,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “Having such a young team, it’s good to give them these experiences to help us get mentally tougher and ready for SEC play. It was not out best tennis, but we battled and got the wins. I am proud of our two freshman for stepping up this weekend and clinching matches for us.”
The Tigers continued their dominance in doubles, winning the doubles point for the seventh-straight match. No. 25 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo were first off the court with a 6-2 victory over Erin Faulkner and Aslina Chua of MSU.
Andie Dikosavljevic and Alannah Griffin clinched the doubles point for Auburn with a 6-2 victory over Emily Metcalf and Davinna Nguyen. Dikosavljevic and Griffin improved to 22-3 overall and 7-0 on the season.
Playing on court two for the first time the season, freshman Russo defeated Aslina Chua in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The Florida native is now 4-0 in dual matches this season.
No. 13 Michaud continued her strong start to the dual-match season with a 7-6, 6-1 victory on court one. The junior leads the team with 17 singles victories.
With the match tied 3-3 after falling on courts six, three and four, freshman Axon came through for the Tigers to clinch the match with a hard fought, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Lexi Baylis on court five. The U.K. native is second on the team with 15 singles wins on the season.
The Tigers will return to action next weekend in New Haven, Conn. for the ITA Women’s Team Indoor Championships, hosted by Yale University. Matches will begin on Feb. 10 and the draws will be released on Tuesday.