March 21, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 45th-ranked Auburn women's tennis team (8-5, 2-1 SEC) defeated No. 46 William & Mary (6-8) 5-2 on Saturday at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center in Huntington, W.Va.
"Once again, we started slowly in the doubles," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "I have to give our girls a lot of credit. We were down on every court and the momentum was clearly going William & Mary's way, but we did a good job of regrouping and we continued fighting."
The Tigers captured the doubles point and won four singles matches in Saturday's win.
In doubles, Auburn's 44th-ranked senior duo of Whitney Chappell and Alex Haney defeated William & Mary's No. 38 Katarina Zoricic and Ragini Acharya, 8-6. The Tiger tandem of Fani Chifchieva and Myrthe Molenveld topped Klaudyna Kasztelaniec and Barbara Zidek, 9-7, to improve to 5-1, 2-1 SEC.
"The senior captains of Alex Haney and Whitney Chappell were responsible for not only keeping us alive, but for pumping life into our No. 2 doubles team that was down 4-0," Gray said. "That jolt of life was exactly what we needed and Fani and Myrthe reeled off four-straight points to give us a chance. We need to see more of that heart and fight."
In singles, Auburn's eighth-ranked Fani Chifchieva defeated William & Mary's Katarina Zoricic, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 1 position. Ranked 32nd nationally, Haney defeated Ragini Acharya, 7-6, 6-2.
Auburn will return to action at 10 a.m. Sunday to face No. 62 Marshall at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center.
#45 Auburn 5, #46 William and Mary 2
Singles competition (Order of finish: 1,2,5,4,3,6)
1. #8 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. Katarina Zoricic (CWM) 6-2, 6-1
2. #32 Alex Haney (AU) def. Ragini Acharya (CWM) 7-6, 6-2
3. KlaudynaKasztelaniec (CWM) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Carmen Pop (CWM) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
5. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU) def. Barbara Zidek (CWM) 6-4, 6-1
6. Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Katie Kargl (CWM) 6-4, 4-6, 10-3
Doubles competition (Order of finish: 3,1,2)
1. #44 Whitney Chappell/Alex Haney (AU) def. #38 Katarina Zoricic/Ragini Acharya (CWM) 8-6
2. Fani Chifchieva/Myrthe Molenveld (AU) def. KlaudynaKasztelaniec/Barbara Zidek (CWM) 9-7
3. Carmen Pop/Katie Kargl (CWM) def. Jil Hastenrath/Heather Bybee (AU) 8-2