AU Women's Tennis Loses Tough Battle to No. 9 Georgia
Alex Haney

March 30, 2008

Athens, Ga. - The No. 33 Auburn women's tennis team (13-6, 3-5 SEC) won the doubles point, but fell 5-2 to the No. 9 ranked Georgia Bulldogs (14-4, 6-2 SEC) at the Lindsey Hopkins Tennis Facility in Athens, Ga., Sunday.

"This was not our best effort today," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray. "We had the momentum coming out of the doubles and we did not take advantage of that. I don't think this loss is indicative of how good our team really is. We need to work on the little things."

Alex Haney and Melissa Koning clinched the doubles point for the Tigers with an 8-6 win over Yvette and Kelley Hyndman. Beelen and Hastenrath won Auburn's other doubles match in the three spot. They defeated Ellis and Ueshima 8-4.

Auburn's singles point came on court one. Fani Chifchieva won her first set against Kelley Hyndman 6-1, but dropped the second 3-6. Chifchieva battled back from a two-point deficit to win 6-4 in the third set.

The Tigers dropped three singles points in a row and trailed the dogs 3-1. Whitney Chappell fell 6-1, 6-0, to Naoko Ueshima in the three spot. Koning fell 6-2, 6-4, to Monika Dancevic in the three spot. Haney dropped her sets 6-4, 6-4, to Yvette Hyndman in the two spot.

The Bulldogs clinched the match when Cameron Ellis defeated Jil Hastenrath 6-1, 6-1, in the five spot.

Freshman Dunja Djuranovic fell 4-6, 7-5, 10-5, in a superset-tie-breaker to Adrienne Elsberry in the six spot.

Auburn will return to home on Friday, April 4, to host the Florida Gators at 2 p.m., at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free. Live stats will be available at




1. #24 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. #56 Kelley Hyndman (UGA) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
2. #45 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) def. Alex Haney (AU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #81 Monika Dancevic (UGA) def. Melissa Koning (AU) 6-2, 6-4
4. #115 Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Jil Hastenrath (AU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Adrienne Elsberry (UGA) def. Dunja Djuranovic (AU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2, 5, 1, 6

1. #18 Haney/Koning (AU) def. K. Hyndman/Y. Hyndman (UGA) 8-6
2. Ellis/Ueshima (UGA) def. Chifchieva/Chappell (AU) 8-4
3. Hastenrath/Beelen (AU) def. Dancevic/Elsberry (UGA) 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1