Feb. 21, 2014
|#19 Auburn 4, No. 75 Tulane 0|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#21 Burgmans (AU) vs. Vyskocilova (TUL)||2-6, 6-2, 4-2, Unf.|
|No. 2||#65 Flickinger (AU) def. Birol (TUL)||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 3||de Man (AU) vs. Katz (TUL)||6-4, 6-5, Unf.|
|No. 4||Muller (AU) def. Blom (TUL)||6-0, 6-0|
|No. 5||Kucharova (AU) vs. Maltby (TUL)||6-2, 5-4, Unf.|
|No. 6||Pfeifler (AU) def. Hyman (TUL)||6-1, 7-6 (3)|
|Order of Finish||4, 2, 6|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#15 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Vyskociliva/Katz (TUL)||6-1|
|No. 2||Kucharova/Muller (AU) vs. Birol/Maltby (TUL)||Unfinished|
|No. 3||Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) def. Dvorak/Blom (TUL)||6-2|
|Order of Finish||1, 3|
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The No. 19 Auburn women’s tennis team defeated No. 75 Tulane for the second time in a week, topping the Green Wave, 4-0, in the opening round at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday.
Auburn has won eight straight matches and is out to a 9-1 start for the second straight season.
“From the very beginning, our energy and focus was on point like I wanted. We knew what to expect since we had just played Tulane, but we also know how tough it is to face people back-to-back,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “Tulane was up for the challenge again, but from top to bottom we fought for every point and left it all out there.”
Auburn made it 9-for-9 this season by securing the doubles point as the Tigers have won the point in each match. The No. 15 pair of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger wasted little time, cruising to a 6-1 win on court one to stay undefeated in dual matches.
Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfefiler added their sixth straight win to improve their record to 6-2 in dual matches, taking a 6-2 victory on court three to secure the point against Tulane. As a team, Auburn is now 21-2 in doubles play as Burgmans/Flickinger and Michala Kucharova/Reka Muller are combined 11-0 playing at the top-two spots in the lineup.
In singles, No. 65 Flickinger posted a 6-2, 6-1 over Tulane’s Ipek Birol on court two to move to 11-2 overall and taking her winning streak to six straight matches on the singles side.
Muller took care of business on court five, quickly taking down Sophie Blom 6-0, 6-0 to pick up her 17th win of the year. The freshman leads the Tigers in singles wins, taking eight out of her last 10 matches and currently has won five straight.
Pfefiler capped off the match with the clinching victory on court six recording a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win against Tulane’s Marqaux Hyman. The junior now holds a six-match winning streak, which is the longest active streak of any player on the team.
Kucharova was leading her match 6-2, 5-4 on court five before play was halted along with Paula de Man who had a 6-4, 6-5 advantage on court three. No. 21 Burgmans was in a three-set match on court one against Tulane’s Klara Vyskocilova 2-6, 6-2, 0-2 when play was abandoned.
With the opening round win in the books, Auburn takes on Rice in the semifinals at the Blue Gray Classic on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For live results, head to BlueGrayTennis.com.
"Rice is obviously a top-25 team and will be a tough challenge tomorrow. We will get re-focused and get ready for another great match tomorrow," Meisner said.