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No. 34 Women's Tennis Blanks Jacksonville St., 7-0

Feb. 13, 2010

AUBURN- The No. 34 Auburn women's tennis team (4-2, 0-0 SEC) defeated the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks (0-2, 0-0 OVC) 7-0 Saturday afternoon from City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers were a perfect 3-0 on the day in doubles and were 6-0 in singles competition in their fourth victory of the year.

"We have been really trying to improve in doubles, and we did some good things today," said head coach Tim Gray. "We have to work on our inexperience, but that will come with time. We did a better a job in singles and came and took care of business, so I am pleased with today's performance."

Auburn began the day with an 8-0 doubles victory, as the senior tandem of Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath defeated Jacksonville State's Kimberly Ferris and Raphaela Lima in second-flight action. Freshman Caroline Thornton, who paired with senior Myrthe Molenveld defeated Viviane Marani and Martina Dessbesell 8-3 to secure the doubles point for the Tigers in first-flight action.

In No. 3 doubles, the freshman pairing of Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers improved to 6-0 on the season, defeating Jacksonville State's Kristern Fuller and Rafaela Wenzel 8-6.

Singles action started off with Hastenrath defeating Julianna Renesto in straight-sets, 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6 singles, while Schippers defeated Fuller 6-1, 6-0 in the five-spot. Sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic downed Ferris 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, and No. 71 Fani Chifchieva defeated Dessbesell 6-2, 6-3 at the second position. Thornton then came away with Auburn's third straight-set win of the afternoon, taking down Wenzel 6-0, 6-0 in the number four position. It was Molenveld, playing at the No. 1 position for the second-straight week, who capped off Auburn's day with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Marani to give Auburn its first winning streak of the young season.



The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to host the Troy Trojans from City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center, with the match slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Auburn 7, Jacksonville State 0

Singles competition 1. Myrthe Molenveld (AU) def. Viviane Marani (JSU) 6-3, 6-1 2. #71 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. Martina Dessbesell (JSU) 6-2, 6-3 3. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU) def. Kimberly Ferris (JSU) 6-0, 6-0 4. Caroline Thornton (AU) def. Rafaela Wenzel (JSU) 6-0, 6-0 5. Paulina Schippers (AU) def. Kristern Fuller (JSU) 6-1, 6-0 6. Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Julianna Renesto (JSU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition 1. Caroline Thornton/Myrthe Molenveld (AU) def. Viviane Marani/Martina Dessbesell (JSU) 8-3 2. Fani Chifchieva/Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Kimberly Ferris/Raphaela Lima (JSU) 8-0 3. Plamena Kurteva/Paulina Schippers (AU) def. Kristern Fuller/Rafaela Wenzel (JSU) 8-6

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