|#6 Georgia 4, #39 Auburn 1|
Women's Singles Results
|No. 1||#55 Burgmans (AU) vs. #74 Perez (UGA)||6-4, 6-6, uf|
|No. 2||#69 Shaffer (UGA) def. Dikosavljevic (AU)||6-4, 6-3|
|No. 3||#97 Garcia (UGA) def. Flickinger (AU)||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 4||#107 Gould (UGA) def. de Man (AU)||0-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|No. 5||Muller (AU) vs. #66 King (UGA)||1-6, 6-4, 3-3, uf|
|No. 6||#111 Brinson (UGA) def. Pfeifler (AU)||2-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|Order of Finish||2, 3, 4, 6|
Women's Doubles Results
|No. 1||#8 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. #25 Herring/Perez (UGA)||8-7 (6)|
|No. 2||#16 Garcia/Shaffer (UGA) def. Muller/Pfeifler (AU)||8-6|
|No. 3||Kucharova/de Man (AU) def. Gould/King (UGA)||8-4|
|Order of Finish||3, 2, 1|
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior Emily Flickinger recorded her 88th career doubles win to set the school record as the No. 39 Tigers fell 4-1 to sixth-ranked Georgia on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“The effort and attitude was great,” head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We really went out there knowing we could beat Georgia and obviously all credit goes to them, they are a very talented team. I felt like there were a couple of key points on each court that we just weren’t on the right side of that didn't go our way.”
“I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re getting better and better with each match. I’m ecstatic about winning the doubles point. We put a lot of emphasis on that this week.”
The Tigers (11-5, 1-3 SEC) jumped out to an early lead as Auburn battled with Georgia (10-4, 3-1 SEC) for a tightly-contested doubles point. Michala Kucharova and Paula de Man earned an 8-4 victory on court three to begin the match. The pair now has a 9-3 record in dual-match play.
After Reka Muller and Jen Pfeifler fell in a tight match on court two, Auburn’s eighth-ranked tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Flickinger grabbed their 18th win of the season to clinch the point.
Burgmans/Flickinger were forced into a deciding tiebreaker and trailed 6-3 to Georgia’s No. 25 team of Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez, but the Tigers pair battled back to win five straight points to claim the match at 8-7 (6). The win for Flickinger set the school record for career doubles victories with 88, passing former Tiger Alex Haney.
“We’re obviously proud of Emily setting the school record,” Meisner said, afterwards. “When she got to Auburn she told me from the beginning that she wasn’t a doubles player. I didn’t want to hear it and she’s done a great job becoming a leader for us. Emily and Jen Pfeifler have helped set our doubles foundation here at Auburn.”
In singles, Auburn was unable to ride its momentum in doubles action despite forcing three matches to go the distance. The Bulldogs tied the match at 1-1 as Auburn’s Andie Dikosavljevic suffered a 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the No. 2 line to Georgia’s No. 69 Kennedy Shaffer. Georgia took the lead at 2-1 when No. 97 Silva Garcia topped Flickinger 6-4, 6-4 on court three.
Both Paula de Man and Jen Pfeifler took the opening set in their matches, but ultimately fell in three. de Man fell to Georgia’s No. 107 Mariana Gould 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 on court four. The loss marked de Man’s first defeat in dual-match play this season.
The Bulldogs clinched the match as Pfeifler lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 on court six to Georgia’s No. 111 Caroline Brinson.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m. on the road against Mississippi State. Auburn closes out the road weekend Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Ole Miss.