Feb. 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - No. 20 Auburn women's tennis team swept a pair of matches, defeating Southern, 7-0, and Tulane, 4-2, on Friday at the City Park Pepsi Center in New Orleans.
Off to its second straight 6-1 start, Auburn cruised to a 7-0 sweep of Southern (0-4) in its first match of the day.
The Tigers secured the doubles point with three wins. Jackie Kasler and Paula de Man posted a 6-3 win on court one, while Ashley Kitchen and Michala Kucharova took a 6-0 win on court two. The tandem of Emily Flickinger and Lindsey Whitehead also won 6-0 on court three in their first appearance together in doubles.
The Tigers also swept all six singles matches against Southern. Flickinger was dominant at the top of lineup, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Southern's Gabrielle Moore. de Man posted a 6-3, 6-0 win on court two, while Kasler cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles.
Auburn rounded out play as Jen Pfeifler won 6-2, 6-1 on court four over Southern's Darnesha Moore. Ashley Kitchen cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win on court five, while Lindsey Whitehead picked up her second win of the season with a 6-3, 6-3, victory on court six.
In the nightcap against Tulane (3-4), the Tigers picked up their first road win of the year by securing the doubles point quickly along with Kasler's three-set victory on court five to clinch the match.
Reka Muller and Kucharova moved to 6-0 in dual match action, taking a 6-3 victory on court two over Tulane's Ipek Birol and Meredith Maltby. Kasler and Pfeifler were the first team off the court, earning a 6-2 win against Tulane's Sophie Blom and Emily Dvorak, 6-2.
In singles, Muller continued her strong play, this time taking a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 4 spot in the lineup over Tulane's Blom. The Green Wave cut the Tigers' lead down to 2-1 as Margaux Hyman defeated Michala Kucharova on court six, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (1).
de Man put the Tigers one singles win away from clinching the match as the sophomore cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win on court three. Pleun Burgmans dropped a tight match on court one in a third-set breaker, falling to Klara Vyskocilova 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10).
Kasler put the match away, posting a three-set win on court five to knock off the Green Wave's Maltby 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (9). Emily Flickinger's match with Ipek Birol was abandoned once the match was clinched by Auburn.
The Tigers looks to extend their six-match winning streak and continue play tomorrow in the Big Easy, taking on Northwestern State 10 a.m. before taking on Nicholls State at 4 p.m at the City Park Pepsi Center.
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