March 14, 2010
AUBURN - The No. 63 Auburn women's tennis team (6-5, 1-3) defeated the No. 20 South Carolina Gamecocks (7-4, 2-1) 4-3 Sunday afternoon from City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match was secured by senior Myrthe Molenveld's 6-3, 7-6 win over the 111th ranked player in the country, Anya Morgina at the No. 3 position. The loss was the Gamecock's first conference loss of the season in SEC play, and snaps South Carolina's overall five-match win streak.
"I am really excited. This is a solid team. We felt that we could compete with those types of teams, but we just needed to get over that hump, and clearly we did a great job of that today," said head coach Tim Gray.
The day began on a strong note for the Tigers, as Auburn's freshman tandem of Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers knocked off Adriana Pereira and Morgina, 8-1 in No. 3 doubles. South Carolina fought back in second flight competition, as Diana Stojic and Ana Maria Zubori defeated Auburn's Myrthe Molenveld and Caroline Thornton by an 8-4 count.
The doubles point was decided by a close matchup at No. 2. The senior Tiger tandem of Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath were down 7-4, but rallied against South Carolina's Miljana Jocic and Rita Maisak for 9-7 victory to secure the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead into singles action.
No. 1 singles featured a pair of ranked opponents, as No. 76 Chifchieva took on No. 72 Zubori in a matchup Chifchieva took 6-0, 6-4. Auburn added to its lead, as Hastenrath knocked off Maisak 6-0, 6-4 in No. 6 singles to give Auburn a 3-0 lead. South Carolina began to chip away at Auburn's lead, as South Carolina's Jocic defeated Auburn's Thornton 6-0, 6-1 to run the team tally to 3-1 in favor of the Tigers. Morginia then gave Molenveld all that she could handle in No. 3 singles. The Auburn senior won the first set 6-3 which was followed by Molenveld taking the second set 7-6 to secure the first SEC victory of the season for Auburn.
South Carolina went on to capture the final two matches on the afternoon, as Pereira defeated Schippers 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 5 position. In the final match of the day in the second flight, Stojic defeated Auburn's Daniela Vukadinovic in a three set thriller, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, but it was to no avail as Auburn took the 4-3 team victory.
"Winning the doubles made all the difference. We really stepped up and played solid on all three courts, as well is in singles. We played really well against a good South Carolina team and were fortunate to get them today," said Gray.
Auburn returns to action Tuesday in midweek competition, traveling to Orlando, Fla. For the SEC/Big Ten/Big 12 Fling as Oklahoma State, Auburn and Indiana will participate. The matches will be played March 16-18.
Auburn 4, South Carolina 3
1. #76 Fani Chifchieva (AU-W) def. #72 Ana Marija Zubori (SC) 6-0, 6-4
2. Dijana Stojic (SC) def. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU-W) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3. Myrthe Molenveld (AU-W) def. #111 Anya Morgina (SC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Miljana Jocic (SC) def. Caroline Thornton (AU-W) 6-0, 6-1
5. Adriana Pereira (SC) def. Paulina Schippers (AU-W) 6-4, 6-4
6. Jil Hastenrath (AU-W) def. Rita Maisak (SC) 6-0, 6-4
1. Dijana Stojic/Ana Marija Zubori (SC) def. Myrthe Molenveld/Caroline Thornton (AU-W) 8-4
2. Fani Chifchieva/Jil Hastenrath (AU-W) def. Miljana Jocic/Rita Maisak (SC) 9-7
3. Plamena Kurteva/Paulina Schippers (AU-W) def. Anya Morgina/Adriana Pereira (SC) 8-1