March 14, 2014
|#8 Alabama 4, #21 Auburn 2|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#58 Daines (UA) def. #33 Burgmans (AU)||2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)|
|No. 2||#101 Flickinger (AU) def. Spielmann (UA)||7-5, 6-1|
|No. 3||#59 Routliffe (UA) def. de Man (AU)||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 4||#64 Jensen (UA) def. Kucharova (AU)||3-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 5||Kasler (AU) def. Zabor (UA)||7-5, 6-4|
|No. 6||Muller (AU) vs. Perez (UA)||1-6, 7-6 (4), 2-5 uf|
|Order of Finish||3, 2, 5, 4, 1|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#12 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) vs. #8 Routliffe/Jansen (UA)||7-4, unfinished|
|No. 2||#70 Daines/Spielmann (UA) def. #46 Kucharova/Muller (AU)||8-4|
|No. 3||#44 Perez/Zabor (UA) def. de Man/Pfeifler (AU)||8-1|
|Order of Finish||3, 2|
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 21 Auburn women's tennis battled with No. 8 Alabama in a back and forth match Friday night, but fell to the Crimson Tide 4-2 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"We started the match off very tight and the only disappointment of the day was with the doubles. We let the moment get too big for us and played tight on courts two and three," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "No. 1 (doubles) took care of business and unfortunately they weren't able to finish their match with the timing, leading the No. 8 team in the country. I challenged our team after doubles to give (Alabama) everything that we had and I thought we did that."
"Hopefully we will get another chance at (Alabama) at the SEC Tournament. It hurts to lose, it's supposed to, but our best tennis is yet to come. Now, we've got to rebound to get ready for Florida next week," Meisner said.
The Tigers (14-3, 4-1 SEC) dropped the doubles point for the first time this year, snapping a streak of 16 straight, as Alabama (13-2, 5-0 SEC) took the wins at No. 2 and No. 3. The Crimson Tide's No. 44 Lucielena Perez and Emily Zabor defeated Paula de Man and Jen Pfeifler on court three, 8-1, to start the match.
Court one featured two undefeated tandems as No. 12 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger were leading on court one over Alabama's eighth-ranked pair of Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen, 7-4 and at match point when play was suspended.
In singles, Alabama's No. 59 Routliffe downed de Man on court three 6-2, 6-1 to put the Crimson Tide up 2-0 early, but the Tigers responded with a pair of singles wins of their own.
No. 101 Flickinger battled back from an early 5-2 deficit and won the next 11 out of 12 games on court two to defeat Alabama's No. 113 Spielmann, 7-5, 6-1. At No. 5 singles, senior Jackie Kasler won her fourth straight match, taking down the Crimson Tide's Emily Zabor, 7-5, 6-4 to tie the match at 2-2.
Alabama retook the lead with a win on court 4; No. 64 Jansen topped Kucharova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to put the Tide on top, 3-2. At the top of the lineup, No. 33 Burgmans and No. 58 Daines battled in a back and forth match that would come down to a third-set tiebreaker. Daines took the breaker and the match against Burgmans, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2), to clinch the contest for Alabama.
The loss snapped Auburn's streak of five straight home wins to begin the year.
Auburn returns to action at home next Friday against Florida at 4 p.m. The Tigers wrap up a three-match homestand on Sunday, March 23 against South Carolina at the Yarbrough Tennis Center at 1 p.m.
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