Feb. 28, 2010
AUBURN-The afternoon began with TCU taking the doubles point, winning the No. 1 doubles matchup by an 8-3 tally over Auburn's tandem of senior Myrthe Molenveld and freshman Caroline Thornton. Auburn managed to take the second flight doubles match, as seniors Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath downed the Horned Frogs' Maria Babanova and Nina Munch-Soegaard by an 8-5 count.
The doubles point was decided in the No. 3 spot, as TCU's Gabby Mastromarino and Idunn Hertzberg defeated Auburn's freshman pairing of Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers, 8-6. The previously undefeated Tiger pairing trailed the majority of the match, but rallied to cut the TCU lead to 7-6. However, Auburn dropped the seventh and eighth points to fall to 7-1 on the season in doubles play.
Facing a situation Auburn hasn't seen in three weeks, the Tigers trailed heading into singles play. Auburn evened up the score at 1-1 as Schippers made quick work of Mastromarino, taking the match 6-0, 6-1, while No. 59 Chifchieva defeated Munch-Soegaard 6-1, 6-3 to give Auburn the 2-1 lead.
TCU evened the match up at 2-2, as Tuohimmaa defeated Auburn sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic 6-3, 6-2. However, Hastenrath defeated Babanova in the No. 6 position 6-2, 6-5 to take a 3-2 advantage. It was Thornton's 7-6, 6-2 win over Hertzberg at No. 4 singles that secured the win for the Tigers.
Auburn opens up SEC play in Knoxville on Friday, March 5 at 3 p.m. as the Tigers will hit the road for the first time since ITA Kickoff on Jan. 29. Following Friday's match against No. 13 Tennessee, Auburn will travel to No. 16 Georgia on Sunday, March 7 for a noon matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs.