AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 11 Auburn women's tennis won a tough battle against No. 71 Tennessee, 4-2 and improved to 15-2 (3-0) on the season.
"A ton of credit goes to Tennessee for such a great fight," said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. "They came out and played with great intensity in front a good home crowd. Today wasn't our best performance, but we some how found a way to win. The SEC is the strongest tennis conference in the country and regardless of ranking, everyone is good. Today we escaped an upset on pure grit and determination and for that I am very proud. We will need to really reset ourselves for a very tough battle against Georgia""
Tennessee took the early lead after Auburn dropped the doubles point for the first time in SEC play. Andie Dikosavljevic and Paula de Man fell to Kim Kermet and Brittany Lindl 6-3. Freshman duo Alannah Griffin and Caroline Turner lost 7-6 to Tennessee's Tiffany Tavares and Margo Taylor.
Turner tied the match for Auburn, earning her second straight SEC victory, beating Tennessee's Ashlee Boles 6-2, 6-1. Griffin followed behind her in a three set thriller, winning 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 on court four.
Michaud handed Evie Repic of Tennessee her first SEC loss, winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 on court two. Pleun Burgmans clinched the match against No. 71 Tennessee, beating Kim Kermet 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on court three.
With that win, Burgmans now has 177 combined wins in singles (80) and doubles (97). She stands nine wins away from becoming the all-time combined wins leader in program history.
The Tigers will travel to Athens, Ga. on Sunday to face off against No. 3 Georgia.