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Tigers Power Past Southern Illinois


Feb. 25, 2006

CHICAGO - The Auburn women's tennis team won its first of two matches in Chicago this weekend with a dominating 6-0 win over Southern Illinois at the Lakeshore Athletic Club.

In the win, the Tigers (4-2) did not lose a set of a single match to Southern Illinois (2-2). In singles play, Alex Haney defeated Maria Blanco, 6-1, 6-0. Playing in the No. 2 position after playing every match at No. 1 so far this season, Ashley Cowart defeated SIU's Amana Taillefer, 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3, 89th-ranked Whiteny Chappell defeated Zuzana Palovic, 6-1, 6-2. Playing at No. 4 for the first time this season, Erin Gray defeated the Saluki's Zoya Honarmand. Playing in the No. 5 slot, Irina Pljusznyin defeated Southern Illinois' Laura Bredniak, 6-1, 6-3. The No. 6 singles match was not able to be played due to a water leak on the court.

In doubles play, the Tigers' duo of Haney and Tippins won the No. 1 match 8-0 over the SIU's tandem of Blanco and Palovic. Cowart and Gray defeated the Salukis' Taillefer and Honarmand, 8-3. At No. 3, Chappell and Pljusznyin defeated Bredniak and Maher of SIU, 8-1.

Women's Collegiate Tennis
Auburn vs. Southern Illinois

Auburn 6 Southern Illinois 0
1. Alex Haney, AU def. Maria Blanco, SIU, 6-1, 6-0
2. Ashley Cowart, AU def. Amana Taillefer, SIU, 6-1, 6-1
3. Whitney Chappell, AU def. Zuzana Palovic, SIU, 6-1, 6-2
4. Erin Gray, AU def. Zoya Honarmand, SIU, 6-2, 6-2
5. Irina Pljusznyin, AU def. Laura Bredniak, 6-1, 6-3



1. Haney/Tippins, AU def. Blanco/Palovic, SIU, 8-0
2. Cowart/Gray, AU def. Taillefer/Honarmand, SIU, 8-3
3. Chappell/Pljusznyin, AU def. Bredniak/Maher, SIU, 8-1
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