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Auburn moves to 4-1 with Sunday sweep of Georgia Southern, Samford

Feb. 9, 2014

Complete Results

# 21 Auburn 7, Georgia Southern 0
Women's Singles Results
 No. 1 #98 Flickinger (AU) def. Garrido (GSU) 6-2, 6-2
 No. 2 de Man (AU) def. Klein (GSU) 7-5, 6-4
 No. 3 Pfeifler (AU) def. Vasekina (GSU) 6-0, 6-3
 No. 4  Kitchen (AU) def. Woods (GSU) 6-2, 6-2
 No. 5 Kasler (AU) def. Riepe (GSU) 7-5, 6-1
 No. 6 Whitehead (AU) def. Smith (GSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (5)
 Order of Finish 4, 3, 1, 5, 6, 2  
Women's Doubles Results
 No. 1 #60 Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Garrido/Smith (GSU) 8-0
 No. 2 de Man/Kasler (AU) def. Fiveash/Woods (GSU) 8-3
 No. 3 Burgmans/Whitehead (AU) def. Kitchen/Klein (GSU) 8-0
 Order of Finish 3, 2, 1  

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 21 Auburn women’s tennis team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday, knocking off Georgia Southern, 7-0, before topping Samford, 4-0, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

“Georgia Southern made us play every point. I think they got a lot of balls in and they made us earn the point. We had to really work on dictating play and finishing,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It was a great opportunity for us to get others in the lineup with a chance to play and win. We tinkered with the lineup (this morning ) and I’m always excited to see that we could put different combinations out there to get the job done.”

The Tigers cruised to a win outdoors on Sunday morning, as Auburn (4-1) took down the Eagles with a sweep to begin play. Auburn secured the doubles point behind Paula de Man and Jackie Kasler’s 8-3 victory over Georgia Southern’s (3-1) McKinsey Fiveash and Stephanie Woods.

 The 60th-ranked duo of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller moved their record to 5-0 in dual match play with an 8-0 victory on court one. Pleun Burgmans and Lindsey Whitehead also claimed an 8-0 victory on court one over Georgia Southern’s Paola Garrido and Mary Phillips.

Auburn picked up five wins in straight sets in singles. Ashley Kitcken took a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Eagles’ Stephanie Woods in No. 4 singles. The Tigers followed that up with a 6-0, 6-3 win by Jen Pfeifler on court three. Playing at the No. 1 spot, No. 98 Emily Flickinger posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Georgia Southern’s Paola Garrido to clinch the match for Auburn.

With that match in hand, the Tigers also picked up a 7-5, 6-1 win from Kasler in court four. Whitehead earned her first win in dual match play with three-set victory, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (5). de Man wrapped up the morning session with a 7-5, 6-4 win on court two.

# 21 Auburn 4, Samford 0
Women's Singles Results
 No. 1 #12 Burgmans (AU) vs. N'tcha (SAM) 6-0, 2-4, unf.
 No. 2 #98 Flickinger (AU) def. Lewis (SAM) 6-2, 6-2
 No. 3 de Man (AU) vs. Ebada (SAM) 6-2, 0-2, unf.
 No. 4  Muller (AU) def. Northcutt (SAM) 6-2, 6-1
 No. 5 Kucharova (AU) vs. Mallory (SAM) 6-1, 4-1, unf.
 No. 6 Pfeifler (AU) def. Caballero (SAM) 6-1, 6-1
 Order of Finish 4, 2, 6  
Women's Doubles Results
 No. 1 #17 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Lewis/Mallory (SAM) 8-1
 No. 2 #60 Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Moolman/N'tcha (SAM) 8-3
 No. 3 Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) def. Ebada/Northcutt (SAM) 8-7 (5)
 Order of Finish 1, 2, 3  

In the nightcap against Samford (2-1), Auburn picked three wins on the doubles side as the Tigers secured the point for the fifth straight match. The 17th-ranked pair of Burgmans and Emily Flickinger cruised to an 8-1 win at the top of the lineup.

“Our doubles wasn’t the cleanest we’ve ever played, but we got the job done tonight. Samford makes you play hard and I think we went from outdoors to indoors very well. We put a completely different lineup out there tonight and got the win. Overall, today was a really good team effort in that all nine players helped us get wins,” Meisner said.

The Tigers secured the point with an 8-3 victory from Kucharova and Muller on court two. The Gulf Breeze, Fla., tandem of Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler added their second win of the dual match season, 8-7 (5) on court 3.

The Tigers carried over their strong doubles play into singles. Reka Muller posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court four to capture Auburn’s first singles win of the night. No. 98 Emily Flickinger downed Samford’s Kristin Lewis 6-2, 6-2 on court two.

With Auburn just one point away from securing the match, Jen Pfeifler’s 6-1, 6-1 against the Bulldogs’ Lauren Caballero on court six gave the Tigers the 4-0 win.

“We came out strong tonight with every shot, every approach,” Pfeifler said. “I felt really confident tonight playing in the No. 6 spot in singles. As a team, I think we’re climbing and every match we’ve gotten better and better.”

Auburn returns to action next weekend with a road trip to New Orleans for a slate of four matches in two days. Auburn takes on Southern and Tulane on Friday, Feb. 14 before facing Northwestern State and Nicholls State on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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