March 9, 2014
|#20 Auburn 4, #47 LSU 3|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||Costa (LSU) def. #29 Burgmans (AU)||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 2||#114 Flickinger (AU) def. #87 Scott (LSU)||6-7 (9), 7-6 (4), 6-4|
|No. 3||de Man (AU) def. Otero (LSU)||5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4)|
|No. 4||Owens (LSU) def. Kucharova (AU)||1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2|
|No. 5||Taylor (LSU) def. Muller (AU)||2-6, 6-1, 6-1|
|No. 6||Kasler (AU) def. Holloway (LSU)||6-4, 6-0|
|Order of Finish||1, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#26 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Costa/Holloway (LSU)||8-3|
|No. 2||Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Scott/Taylor (LSU)||8-5|
|No. 3||Otero/Owens (LSU) def. de Man/Pfeifler (AU)||8-5|
|Order of Finish||1, 3, 2|
Auburn (14-2, 4-0 SEC) continued their success in doubles, winning the point for the 16th time this year to remain undefeated, but fell behind 3-2 to LSU (7-6, 0-4 SEC) late in the match during singles play. de Man closed out a tight match on court three, defeating LSU’s Gabrielle Otero 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to make it 3-all, after battling back to win from a set down.
Flickinger came through for Auburn at No. 2 to clinch the match, the junior battled back from dropping the first set to LSU’s Noel Scott, winning 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the closest match of the afternoon.
“Fortunately for us we got the win today, but honestly as a team we didn’t deserve to win it. We started the match out really well, playing some high-energy doubles,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “However, when it came to the singles we had a split down the middle of three players playing gutsy, tough tennis and three that didn’t show the mental toughness it takes to beat an SEC team. We have to fight harder as a team.”
“A ton of credit goes to LSU, who is a much improved and a really talented, tough team. We need to take a lesson from them in how to fight for every point and playing big when the situation requires it. We will get some rest and regroup for our match with Alabama on Friday.”
Auburn started off the match by taking the doubles point from LSU, improving its combined record to 36-6 this year and 9-3 in SEC action.
de Man and Jen Pfeifler, playing for the first time together this season, lost 8-5 to LSU’s Otero and Owens. Auburn quickly rebounded with two straight wins as its top two teams remained undefeated in 2014.
Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller won on court two, 8-5, against Scott and Taylor to move to 11-0 in dual match, evening the match at one apiece. No. 26 Pleun Burgmans and Flickinger closed out doubles, securing the point for Auburn by topping LSU’s Costa/Holloway, 8-3, on court. The pair is now 11-0 in dual match play, 18-3 overall.
Joana Vale Costa tied the match at 1-1, upsetting Auburn’s No. 29 Burgmans 6-3, 6-0 on court one. Auburn retook the lead at 2-1; Jackie Kasler cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 6 over LSU’s Skylar Holloway. The senior now has won three straight and is 3-1 in league play.
A pair of losses on courts four and five in three-set matches allowed LSU to take a 3-2 lead. Auburn’s Muller picked up the first set over LSU’s Ella Taylor, but lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 on court four. Kucharova won the first and led throughout much of the second set, but was defeated by LSU’s Abigail Owens 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
The Tigers return home on Friday at 5 p.m. to face in-state rival Alabama at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission is free to all home Auburn tennis matches.