Feb. 6, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 25 Auburn women's tennis team was handed a 5-2 loss to No. 27 Texas A&M Friday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. All-Americans Fani Chifchieva and Melissa Koning registered wins in singles action for the Tigers. Auburn's record falls to 1-3, while the Aggies improve to 3-1.
"Texas A&M played a great match and their energy made a big difference today," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "We need to regroup and refocus for a very tough TCU team on Sunday."
Auburn went into singles play facing a 1-0 deficit after losing the doubles point as all three of Auburn's duos were defeated in tight matches. The Nos. 1 and 2 teams were pairs playing together for the first time in the spring season. Playing on court 1, Chifchieva and Alex Haney suffered a 9-7 setback to Aggies Janelle Cuthbertson and Christi Liles. On court 2, Texas A&M's duo of Stephanie Davidson Morgan Frank notched an 8-5 decision over Koning and Dunja Djuranovic. In the No. 3 spot Auburn's team of Whitney Chappell and Myrthe Molenveld lost to Sheri Olivier and Elze Potgieter, 8-6.
The only Tigers to win against Texas A&M in singles action were Chifchieva and Koning. Playing in the No. 3 spot, No. 41 Koning opened singles action for Auburn with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Lauren Santacroce. Sixth-ranked Chifchieva topped Elzé Potgieter in three sets, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, in the No. 1 position.
Auburn will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face No. 21 TCU at noon on Sunday.
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1, 3)
1. Janelle Cuthbertson/Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Fani Chifchieva /Alex Haney (AU), 9-7
2. Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Dunja Djuranovic/Melissa Koning (AU), 8-5
3. Sheri Olivier/Elze Potgieter (TAMU) def. Whitney Chappell/Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 8-6
Singles (order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 5, 1, 6)
1. No. 6 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. Elzé Potgieter (TAMU), 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. No. 86 Alex Haney (AU), 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 41 Melissa Koning (AU) def. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Sheri Olivier (TAMU) def. Whitney Chappell (AU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU), 7-6 (6),6-4