Feb. 24, 2010
AUBURN- The No. 46 Auburn women's tennis team (5-2) defeated the Troy Trojans Wednesday afternoon at City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center via shutout, 7-0. The Tigers won all nine matches to give Auburn a three match winning streak heading into Sunday's matchup with No. 32 TCU.
"The girls came out focused today and they did a solid job working on the things that we've been trying to work on like doubles, our movement on the court, going to space, and hitting out targets," said head coach Tim Gray of his teams performance. "I'm very pleased with our singles and doubles performance. We came out very focused in singles play and I really like the fact that we've been very workmanlike."
In No. 1 doubles, freshman Caroline Thornton and senior Myrthe Molenveld defeated Leonie Guijt and Karoline Grymel, 8-4. Flight three featured the undefeated freshman duo of Paulina Schippers and Plamena Kurteva, who trailed most of the match, but pulled away late to defat Rosaura Ramirez-Vega and Gabriella Vega of Troy 8-5 to improve to a perfect 7-0 on the season.
Moving to singles action, Molenveld continued her winning ways with a 6-1, 6-2, decision over Simpson at No. 2 singles, while Chifchieva, the 59th player in the country according to the latest ITA Rankings, followed with a 6-0, 6-3, victory over Grymel in first flight action.
In third flight play, sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic defeated Guijt by a 6-2, 6-0 count for Auburn's third singles victory of the day. Hastenrath then picked up a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Veiga in the sixth flight, while Thornton and Schippers closed out the afternoon for the Tigers with a pair of straight set wins to seal the 7-0 win
"This is a good team and we came out and worked hard and really took it to them today so I am very, very happy with the effort and the girls really did a great job."
The 7-0 shutout of the Trojans gives Auburn a three match shutout streak dating back to the Alabama A&M match on Feb. 6. The last time Auburn has had such a streak was in the beginning stages of the 2008 season.
Auburn returns to action after a short turnaround, facing No. 32 TCU Sunday, Feb. 28 at noon from the City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center. Live stats can be accessed via AuburnTigers.com, while a live video feed can be found at WatchAuburnTennis.com.
#46 Auburn 7, Troy University 0 Singles competition 1. Fani Chifchieva (AU-W) def. Karoline Grymel (TROY) 6-0, 6-3 2. Myrthe Molenveld (AU-W) def. Lauren Simpson (TROY) 6-1, 6-2 3. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU-W) def. Leonie Guijt (TROY) 6-2, 6-0 4. Caroline Thornton (AU-W) def. Rosaura Ramirez-Vega (TROY) 6-0, 6-4 5. Paulina Schippers (AU-W) def. Emma Smith (TROY) 6-2, 6-4 6. Jil Hastenrath (AU-W) def. Gabriella Veiga (TROY) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles competition 1. Caroline Thornton/Myrthe Molenveld (AU-W) def. Leonie Guijt/Karoline Grymel (TROY) 8-4 2. Jil Hastenrath/Fani Chifchieva (AU-W) def. Emma Smith/Lauren Simpson (TROY) 8-0 3. Paulina Schippers/Plamena Kurteva (AU-W) def. Rosaura Ramirez-Vega/Gabriella Veiga (TROY) 8-5