Feb. 13, 2013
AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis improved to 7-1 on the season defeating Alabama State 7-0 and Troy 7-0 in a doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center on Wednesday.
“I think the team built a lot of confidence today,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We had the opportunity to experiment with our team in both singles and doubles. We had a lot of people step-up and play some good tennis. I like how our freshmen are stepping up and proving themselves in the lineup. We have a hard week of practice ahead of us, so we’ll have to focus with the challenge of a top 20 team in Texas Tech coming up next.”
The Tigers opened doubles play against Alabama State with the freshman tandem of Ashley Kitchen and Maria Cardenas Conti dominating on court three in an 8-0 victory over ASU’s Mechelle Barton and Brianna Failey. The ITA No.55 duo of freshman Pleun Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva clinched the doubles point with an 8-0 win over Pauline Denis and Melissa Telfer at the top spot.
Also winning 8-1 on court two were Michala Kucharova and Paulina Schippers over the ASU duo of Katja Kraus and Arantxia Wijngaarde.
Cardenas Conti started off singles play with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory over Mechelle Barton on court six. Kurteva continued her success from doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Katja Kraus at the No. 4 spot.
ITA No. 71 Burgmans clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pauline Denis.
Auburn came back in the evening to post a 7-0 win over Troy.
In doubles action, Jen Pfeifler and Schippers started off the night winning 8-2 on court three. The team of No. 55 Burgmans and Kurteva secured the doubles point for the Tigers with an 8-2 victory at the top spot. Also winning by default for the Tigers were Emily Flickinger and Jackie Kasler.
In singles, Kucharova won by retirement on court two for the second point. Next, Schippers defeated Candela Munoz Giron 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 5 position to make it 3-0 for Auburn.
Pfeifler clinched the match for the Tigers winning 6-3, 6-3 over Anja Cosovic on court four.
Auburn will return to action Thursday, Feb. 21 with a dual match against Texas Tech at 11 a.m. CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. For the latest on Auburn women's tennis follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUWomensTennis.