Auburn Pulls the Upset, Topples #1 Georgia 4-3

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Jil Hastenrath (File Photo)
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Jil Hastenrath (File Photo)
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

March 23, 2007

Auburn, Alabama -- The No. 41 Tigers upset No. 1 Georgia 4-3 on an unseasonably hot day at the Auburn Tennis Complex in Auburn, Alabama. With the win, Auburn improves to 9-4 on the year, while Georgia undefeated streak ends at 12-1.

The match began as Auburn edged the Bulldogs in the doubles point. Georgia's No. 30 ranked duo of Monica Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman won the No. 2 match 8-6 over Whitney Chappell and Fani Chifchieva. Auburn's No. 16 ranked team of Alex Haney and Melissa Koning defeated the No. 14 ranked doubles team in the nation in Yvette Hyndman and Darya Ivanov 8-2. Jil Hastenrath and Kelly Adams won a hard-fought match against Naoko Ueshima and Natalie Frazier of the Bulldogs, 8-6.

"We are going to go roll Toomer's Corner," Auburn Head Coach Tim Gray said, "We haven't gotten to do that in a while. This was just an incredible effort by all of our girls."

UGA scored its 3 points in singles. The Bulldog's #58 Yvette Hyndman won an intense No. 2 match against Auburn's Melissa Koning 7-6, 7-6. Whitney Chappell at the No. 4 spot, lost to #78 Darya Ivanov 6-2, 6-1. Georgia's Naoko Ueshima defeated Kelly Adams 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6 spot.

 

 

#30 Chifchieva defeated #36 Dancevic at the No. 1 spot 3-6, 7-5, 4-2, after Dancevic retired due to injury in the third set. Alex Haney also won a three set battle after winning the first set 6-3, dropping the second set 1-6, and then gutting it out in the third set 6-4 over Kelley Hyndman. With the match tied 3-3, it all came down to the No. 5 spot. Jil Hastenrath delivered in dramatic fashion, besting Georgia's Lara Fakhoury 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 in the longest, but most intense match of the day.

With the win, the Tigers gave coach Tim Gray his biggest win as an Auburn coach and increase their conference win streak to three straight and their overall win streak to four straight.

#41 Auburn 4, #1 Georgia 3
Mar 23, 2007 at Auburn, Ala.

Singles:
1. #30 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. #36 Monika Dancevic (UGA) 3-6, 7-5, 4-2
2. #58 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) def. Melissa Koning (AU) 7-6, 7-6
3. Alex Haney (AU) def. Kelley Hyndman (UGA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
4. #78 Darya Ivanov (UGA) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Lara Fakhoury (UGA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-3
6. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Kelly Adams (AU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles:
1. #14 Alex Haney/Melissa Koning (AU) def. #13 Yvette Hyndman/Darya Ivanov (UGA) 8-2
2. #30 Monika Dancevic/Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Whitney Chappell/Fani Chifchieva (AU) 8-6
3. Jil Hastenrath/Kelly Adams (AU) def. Naoko /Natalie Frazier (UGA) 8-6