Feb. 9, 2013
AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis improved to 5-1 on the season defeating No. 62 Georgia State 6-1 for its second ranked win of the year and Samford 4-0 in a doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“Today was a very grueling day, but we knew it would be,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I’m glad that the team stepped up and accepted the challenge they were handed. It was a complete team effort with the entire team playing today. We need to continue to improve and have another chance to do that on Wednesday.”
Auburn utilized its team depth on Saturday playing a total of nine players in the two matches.
The highlight of singles play for No. 68 Auburn (5-1) came when freshman Pleun Burgmans defeated ITA No. 29 Abigail Tere-Apisah 6-1, 6-0 at the top spot.
“The win for Pleun was big,” Meisner said. “It helps her confidence. It shows her how good of player she can be. As a freshman, she is still trying to figure out college tennis. For her to not only win, but do so against a nationally-ranked player in that fashion shows us what she is capable of.”
The Tigers opened the match with Jen Pfeifler and Paulina Schippers beating Georgia State’s Jocelyn Ffriend and Linn Timmerman 8-3 on court three. The duo of Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger continued their spring success with a win over Whitney Byrd and Maryna Kozachenko 8-4 to clinch the doubles point at the No. 2 position, and move to 4-0 for the season.
Kasler maintained her momentum from doubles into singles play defeating Linn Timmerman 7-6, 6-4 on court four. Flickinger clinched the win for the Tigers with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Whitney Byrd at the No. 3 position.
Auburn came back in the evening to post a dominant 4-0 win over Samford.
In doubles action, Kurteva and Paulina Schippers started off the night with an 8-0 triumph over Emily Mallory and AnnMarie Lyon on court three. Kasler and Jen Pfeifler clinched the doubles point by defeating Adri Lochner and Carita Moolman 8-5 at the No. 2 position.
In singles, Maria Cardenas Conti earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Sarah Gail Nieburon court six. Also earning a victory was Pfeifler, who defeated Moolman 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 position.
The senior Schippers clinched the win for the Tigers with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Adri Lochner on court five.
Auburn will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a doubleheader home match against Alabama State at 10 a.m. CT and Troy at 6 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission is free.
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