March 27, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's tennis team (9-6, 2-2 SEC) took a 4-3 loss in its afternoon match-up against No. 26 Vanderbilt (6-5, 2-2 SEC) at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"There were a lot of missed opportunities today," head coach Tim Gray noted. "We did a great job on courts one, two and three and we're getting it done there, but we're not performing on the back three. We have to have someone who's willing to step up and we're not getting it right now."
The Tigers fell to an early deficit as they dropped the doubles point, taking 8-1 losses on the back two courts. Seniors Whitney Chappell and Alex Haney, however, prevented the sweep as they topped Jackie Wu and Heather Steinbauer, 8-7 (7-2).
Taking the action into singles, Vanderbilt increased their lead as Courtney Ulery defeated Jil Hastenrath, 6-3, 6-0.
Giving Auburn its first point of the day was No. 32 Haney, who downed Wu, 6-2, 6-3. Haney moves to a team-best 11-2 with the win.
Next to finish was junior No. 8 Fani Chifchieva, who evened the match with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Catherine Newman and improved her record to 10-4 (3-1 SEC).
Breaking the two-all tie, Chelsea Preeg took a 6-1, 6-3 win over Auburn's Myrthe Molenveld and brought the Commodores within one win of the match.
The clinching point went to Vanderbilt as Steinbauer topped Daniela Vukadinovic, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.
In the final match-up of the day, Chappell defeated Keily Ulery in a three-set comeback, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
The loss drops the Tigers to 9-6 and 2-2 in SEC play, while the Commodores improve to 6-5 and 2-2.
Auburn's next action will come on Sunday as the Tigers travel to face No. 19 Kentucky in Lexington. The match is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and fans may follow along with live stats at AuburnTigers.com.