ROCKY HILL, Conn. – No. 14 Auburn women’s tennis capped off it’s trip to the ITA Team Indoor National Championships with a hard fought, 4-2 victory over No. 11 Georgia Tech in Rocky Hill, Conn. on Sunday.
“I am extremely proud of the grit and determination that our team showed today against a tough opponent,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “Georgia Tech is a solid team and they fought us until the very end. After dropping the doubles point, I really challenged the girls and they stepped up and took care of business.”
The Tigers started trailed early after dropping the doubles point for only the second time this season with losses on courts one and two. No. 35 Georgie Axon and Caroline Turner improved to 6-3 on the season, defeating Nadia Gizdova and Nami Otsuka of Georgia Tech, 6-1 on court three.
In singles, Roos van der Zwaan took care of business on court six, defeating Gizdova in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. The junior is now 4-3 in singles this season.
After dropping a match on court five, No. 120 Alannah Griffin tied the match at two with a thriller on court four. Trailing 5-0 in the second set, Griffin won seven straight games and wont the match, 7-5, 7-5.
Alizee Michaud picked up her team best 19th singles victory on the season with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-1 win over Johnnise Renaud on court one. Michaud now has 65 singles wins for her career.
Freshman Taylor Russo stepped up once again to clinch the match for the Tigers on court three. Russo defeated Paige Hourigan of Georgia Tech in a three set thriller 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) to improve to 11-5 on the season.
The Tigers will return home to Yarbrough Tennis Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for a double header against Troy and Alabama A&M. The first match at Troy is set to begin at 2 p.m. CT, with the Alabama A&M match immediately following.