April 3, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - On a chilly Friday evening, the No. 29 Auburn women's tennis team (11-7, 3-3 SEC) took a 5-2 loss to the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs (16-2, 6-1 SEC).
"We played hard today and had some opportunities, but we left a couple of them out there and that was the difference," said head coach Tim Gray. "Georgia came out and fought hard, but I think we matched their intensity. We did well in a lot of spots, but had a couple of hiccups and that cost us in the end."
The Tigers dropped the doubles point to start the afternoon competition. The No. 34 ranked duo of Alex Haney and Whitney Chappell found the Tigers' only doubles win of the day, as they topped Georgia's No. 37 pair of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist, 9-7.
Junior No. 6 Fani Chifchieva brought the Tigers back into the match with her quick win over No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson, 6-3, 6-1. Chifchieva moves to 12-2 (5-1 SEC) and 7-3 when playing against ranked opponents.
The Bulldogs regained the lead as Monika Dancevic defeated Myrthe Molenveld, 6-1, 6-0. Building the Georgia lead was Gilchrist with her 6-4, 6-2 win over Chappell.
Senior No. 39 Haney gave Auburn their second point and put the Tigers within one of the Bulldogs with her 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 34 Yvette Hyndman.
With courts five and six remaining, Georgia clinched the match as Naoko Ueshima topped Auburn's Daniela Vukadinovic, 6-4, 6-3
The final match went to Georgia, with Cameron Ellis taking a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over Jil Hastenrath.
The loss drops the Tigers to 11-7 and 3-3 in SEC play, while Georgia improves to 16-2, 6-1.
The women will face No. 13 Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Admission to all home matches is free. Fans that are unable to attend the match may follow along with live stats at AuburnTigers.com.