AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 14 Auburn women’s tennis (19-4, 7-2 SEC), led by freshmen Caroline Turner and Alannah Griffin defeated No. 51 Alabama (4-13, 0-9 SEC) for the first time since 2008 by a score of 4-3.
“I have to give a lot of credit to Alabama, they came out and fought until the end tonight,” said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. “This was a complete team win for us tonight, but I am especially proud of our freshman. For them to come out and perform as well as they did is huge for our team. I want to thank all the fans that came out and supported us tonight in this tremendous program victory.”
Alannah Griffin and Andie Dikosavljevic we the lone winners in doubles for Auburn, defeating Bennett Dunn and Aryn Greene 6-2 on court three. Pleun Burgmans and Alizee Michaud fell on court one 6-3. Paula de Man and Caroline Turner dropped a tough match 7-6 (8-6) to Andie Daniell and Joanna Savva of Alabama.
Burgmans got things started in singles, defeating Natalia Maynetto 6-1, 6-0 for her 185th combined win of her career. With the win, she also improves to 25-5 on the season, tying her for eighth all-time in single season victories.
Dikosavljevic picked up her second straight SEC win to tie the match at 2-2, defeating No. 41 Andie Daniell of Alabama 6-4, 6-4.
Griffin remained unbeated in SEC play, improving to 22-9 (6-0) on the season with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) win on court four. She is now the first freshman to begin her career 6-0 in the SEC since Pleun Burgmans in 2013.
Turner clinched the match for Auburn with a 6-2, 0-6, 7-5 win over Alabama’s Bennett Dunn. This is the freshman’s second time to clinch a match for Auburn this season.
Auburn women’s tennis will return to action next weekend to host No. 8 South Carolina on Friday for senior day. The Tigers will play their final home match against No. 6 Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.
No. 14 Auburn 4, No. 51 Alabama 3
No. 44 Erin Routliffe (UA) def. No. 46 Alizee Michaud (AU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 31 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) def. No. 41 Andie Daniell (UA) 6-4, 6-4
No. 77 Pleun Burgmans (AU) def. Natalia Maynetto (UA) 6-1, 6-0
Alannah Griffin (AU) def. Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Joanna Nena Savva (UA) def. Paula de Man (AU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Caroline Turner (AU) def. Bennett Dunn (UA) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5
Erin Routliffe/Natalia Maynetto (UA) def. No. 24 Alizee Michaud/Pleun Burgmans (AU) 6-3
Andie Daniell/Joanna Savva (UA) def. Paula de Man/Caroline Turner (AU) 7-6 (8-6)
Alannah Griffin/Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) def. Bennett Dunn/Aryn Greene 6-2
Match played indoors
Order of finish: Doubles: 3,1,2; Singles: 3,1,2,5,4,6