March 24, 2006
ATHENS, Ga.- On the heels of her six-match losing streak, Auburn freshman Alex Haney earned her second consecutive victory on Friday as she became just the second Auburn lady netter to defeat a ranked opponent this season, but it was not enough as No. 30 Georgia defeated the Tigers, 6-1.
Haney moved her singles record to 16-13 with a three set win over No. 82 Caroline Basu, 7-6, 6-4, 1-0. Unfortunately for Auburn (5-10, 0-5 Southeastern Conference), the Tigers were unable to defeat an experienced Georgia team, who returned five of six starters from last year. Georgia (8-5, 5-0 SEC) won all three doubles matches and five of six singles matches to earn its sixth straight win.
In singles play, Whitney Chappell had her two-match win streak snapped in the No. 1 match by 28th-ranked Natalie Frazier, 6-1, 6-0. In the No. 2 match, Georgia's 55th-ranked Shadisha Robinson defeated Ashley Cowart, 6-2, 6-1. Playing at the No. 4 spot, Tori Almagno fell to Georgia's Evgenia Subbotina, 6-1, 6-3. In the No. 5 match, Irina Pljusznyin lost, 6-2, 6-1, to Georgia's Kelley Hyndman. At the No. 6 position, Erin Gray fell, 6-1, 6-0, to Georgia's Darya Ivanov.
In doubles play, the Tigers' No. 1 team of Ashley Cowart and Alex Haney had their five-match win streak snapped by the No. 8 duo in the country of Caroline Basu and Shadisha Robinson, 8-4. In the No. 2 match, the 33rd-ranked tandem of Darya Ivanov and Evgenia Subbotina defeated Auburn's team of Tori Almagno and Whitney Chappell, 8-6. In the No. 3 match, Irina Pljusznyin and Leigh Tippins fell to Georgia's Natalie Frazier and Kelley Hyndman, 8-1.
Auburn returns to action on Sunday, when the Tigers travel to Tennessee to face the Lady Vols at 12 p.m.
Women's Collegiate Tennis
March 24, 2006
Georgia 6 Auburn 1
1. No. 28 Natalie Frazier, UGA def. Whitney Chappell, AU, 6-1, 6-0.
2. No. 55 Shadisha Robinson, UGA def. Ashley Cowart, AU, 6-2, 6-1.
3. Alex Haney, AU def. No. 82 Caroline Basu, UGA, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0.
4. Evgenia Subbotina, UGA def. Tori Almagno, AU, 6-1, 6-3.
5. Kelley Hyndman, UGA def. Irina Pljusznyin, AU, 6-2, 6-1.
6. Darya Ivanov, UGA def. Erin Gray, AU, 6-1, 6-0.
1. No. 8 Caroline Basu/Shadisha Robinson, UGA def. Alex Haney/Ashley Cowart, AU, 8-4.
2. No. 33 Darya Ivanov/Evgenia Subbotina, UGA def. Tori Almagno/Whitney Chappell, AU, 8-6.
3. Natalie Frazier/Kelley Hyndman, UGA def. Irina Pljusznyin/Leigh Tippins, AU, 8-1.