AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn women's tennis returned home after two weeks on the road and improved to 17-4 (5-2) on the season with a convincing 5-2 victory over No. 27 Mississippi State (11-6, 2-5).
"Mississippi State is a tough team and we knew we had to be ready for a dog fight," said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. "We didn't come out very well in doubles, but I was proud of how we fought back. This was a total team win for us and everyone contributed to this win."
Auburn fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. Pleun Burgmans and Alizee Michaud dropped their first doubles match of the season, falling 6-2 to MSU's Madison Harrison and Kristina Vozniak. Caroline Turner and Paula de Man fell 6-1 on court two. Alannah Griffin and Andie Dikosavljevic were leading 5-3 when the doubles point was clinched.
Griffin improve to 22-9 (5-0) on the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win against No. 100 Anastasia Rentouli. Griffin is the first freshman to start 5-0 in SEC play since Pleun Burgmans in 2013.
de Man tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-6 on court five. de Man improved to 11-5 (2-4) on the season.
After dropping the first dual-match of her career last weekend, Michaud bounced back with an upset over No. 13 Jasmine Lee of MSU, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
"Alizee wants to be a big time tennis player and I think the loss at Arkansas this week really fueled her to play her best tennis every day," said Spencer. "We knew that Jasmine Lee would be tough and I was proud of the way she stayed aggressive and beat a top 20 opponent."
Burgmans clinched the match for Auburn with her 82nd career victory in singles, defeating Madison Harrison 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Burgmans now has 182 combined victories in her career and is now four wins away from becoming the all-time leader in program history.
"Pleun is really coming into her own as a player that wins in big moments. I was proud of her and Paula, stepping up and getting a win when we needed it."
Auburn women's tennis will return to action Saturday to face off against No. 39 Ole Miss at Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free.
Auburn 5, Mississippi State 2
No. 46 Alizee Michaud (AU) def. No. 13 Jasmine Lee (MSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
No. 71 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. No. 31 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 77 Pleun Burgmans (AU) def. Madison Harrison (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Alannah Griffin (AU) def. No. 100 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
Paula de Man (MSU) def. Kristina Vozniak (MSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Caroline Turner (AU) def. Jennifer Brown (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
1. Madison Harrison/Kristina Vozniak (MISST) def. #24 Pleun Burgmans/Alizee Michaud (AU) 6-2
2. Jasmine Lee/Louise Ronaldson (MISST) def. Caroline Turner/Paula de Man (AU) 6-1
3. Andie Dikosavljevic/Alannah Griffin (AU) vs. #61 Georgiana Patrasc/Anastasia Rentouli (MISST) 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,1; Singles: 2,4,5,1,3,6