The No. 41 Auburn Tigers (9-5, 3-3 SEC) had its four-match win streak snapped by No. 31 Tennessee (8-7, 3-3 SEC), 5-2 on Sunday at the Auburn Intramural Tennis Courts.
"We didn't play our best tennis today," head coach Tim Gray said."You can't do that against a team like Tennessee and expect to win."
The match began on the doubles side, as the Tigers' 16th ranked duo of Alex Haney and Melissa Koning made short work of Griffith and Orlin, 8-2 for their fourth-straight win.Auburn needed just one win in the other two matches to claim the doubles point, but were unable to take advantage.Fani Chifchieva and Whitney Chappell fell to Whoriskey/Zubor, 8-2, while Kelly Adams and Jil Hastenrath were edged by Vogel/Jones, 9-7.
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers were unable to get the momentum going, as Koning dropped her match at the No. 2 spot, 6-1, 6-2, and Chappell lost, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 4 position.
Auburn needed to win each of the next four singles matches to earn the victory, but Adams fell, 6-0, 6-3 to Zubor at the No. 6 spot, giving the match to Tennessse.
There was no quit in the Tigers, however, as No. 30 Chifchieva played a nearly flawless third set to earn a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win.The victory was her ninth in a row, as the Plovdiv, Bulgaria native hasn't lost a match since Feb. 17.
Haney followed Chifchieva's lead, and battled her way back to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Whoriskey.Like Chifchieva, Haney has won nine straight and pushed her spring record to 13-1.
The final match to finish was at the No. 5 position, where Hastenrath put in a gutsy performance, but came up short in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 loss to Jones.
"I think our kids were a little drained after putting so much into the Georgia match," Gray said."We will regroup and get refocused for next weekend."
The Tigers will leave Monday morning for a few days of training in Myrtle Beach, S.C., before heading to Columbia for a showdown with South Carolina on Friday at