No. 19 Auburn falls to No. 24 Rice 4-2 at Blue Gray Classic

Feb. 22, 2014

Complete Results

 

#24 Rice 4, #19 Auburn 2
Women's Singles Results
 No. 1 Beazant (RICE) def. #21 Burgmans (AU) 6-0, 6-2
 No. 2 #65 Flickinger (AU) def. Harmath (RICE) 6-3, 6-4
 No. 3 de Man (AU) vs. Ip (RICE) 6-4, 5-7, unf.
 No. 4  Zimmerman (RICE) def. Muller (AUB) 7-5, 7-6 (7)
 No. 5 Anciete (RICE) def. Kasler (AU) 6-4, 6-3
 No. 6 Ho (RICE) def. Pfeifler (AU) 6-2, 6-0
 Order of Finish 5, 2, 6  
Women's Doubles Results
 No. 1 #15 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Beazant/Zimmerman (RICE) 6-3
 No. 2 Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Ip/Harmath (RICE) 6-4
 No. 3 Ho/Anciete (RICE) def. Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) 6-4
 Order of Finish 1, 3, 2  

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The No. 19 Auburn women's tennis team saw its nine-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday as No. 24 Rice topped the Tigers, 4-2, at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery.

"All the credit to Rice, they played well as a team and fought for every point," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. We didn't give the same team effort and now we have to regroup and come back tomorrow morning to face a Texas Tech team that will be another tough challenge."

Auburn (9-2) jumped out to early lead, securing the doubles point for the 11th straight matches from wins at the top-two spots in the lineup. 15th-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger took down Rice's Natalie Beazant and Liat Zimmerman, 6-2. After Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler fell on court three to make it one match a piece, Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller kept their undefeated streak alive with 6-4 victory on court two to give the Tigers the point.

The Tigers have won the doubles point in all 11 doubles matches this season and as team, Auburn is a combined 24-3 in doubles play during dual match play.

Rice jumped on top to take the lead after Pleun Burgmans and Jen Pfeifler fell in straight sets in singles. No. 21 Burgmans was downed by Beazant 6-0, 6-2 on court one. Pfeifler was topped by Rice's Alison Ho on court six, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 65 Flickinger continued her strong play in singles at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, posting a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Owls' Dominique Harmath on court two to tie that match at 2-2. Flickinger is now 12-2 this year in singles play and has won seven straight matches.

The Owls retook the lead over the Tigers as Jackie Kasler fell 6-4, 6-3 on court five to Kimberly Anciete, giving the senior her first loss of the year at No. 5 to make it 3-2 Rice. Reka Muller battled tough with Rice's Zimmerman, but fell 7-5, 7-6 (7) allowing the Owls to clinch the match. Paula de Man was heading to a third-set tiebreaker before play was called.

Auburn wraps up the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery on Sunday as the Tigers will face Texas Tech at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m.