No. 21 Auburn cruises past Missouri, 4-0, on Senior Day

April 4, 2014

Results

#21 Auburn 4, Missouri 0
Women's Singles Results
 No. 1 #32 Burgmans (AU) def. Gaytan-Leach (MU) 6-3, 6-2
 No. 2 #75 Flickinger (AU) vs. Hine (MU) 6-0, 5-4, uf
 No. 3 de Man (AU) def. Stuhlmann (MU) 6-0, 6-2
 No. 4  Kucharova (AU) vs. Rhyern (MU) 6-3, 5-0, uf
 No. 5 Kasler (AU) def. Spearman (MU) 6-2, 6-0
 No. 6 Pfeifler (AU) vs. Clark (MU) 6-3, 5-0, uf
 Order of Finish 3, 1, 5  
Women's Doubles Results
 No. 1 #19 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Gaytan-Leach/Stuhlmann (MU) 8-3
 No. 2 Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) def. Clark/Rhyner (MU) 8-3
 No. 3 de Man/Kucharova (AU) vs. Hine/Spearman (MU) 7-4, unf.
 Order of Finish 1, 2  

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 21 Auburn women’s tennis team posted a 4-0 sweep of Missouri in a dominating performance Friday night indoors at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

The win snapped a two-match losing skid as Auburn (16-6, 6-4 SEC) senior Jackie Kasler clinched the match on Senior Day with a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 5 line in singles. The victory marked Kasler’s 147th combined career win for Auburn which ranks as the fourth-most in school history.

Auburn quickly secured the doubles point as the top-two teams in the lineup picked up wins over Missouri (6-18, 0-10 SEC). No. 19 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger posted an 8-3 win on court one over Mizzou’s Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann in a match that lasted just 37 minutes. Kasler and Jen Pfeifler were victorious on court two to seal the point, winning 8-3 over Missouri’s Alex Clark and Madison Rhyner.

“I feel good about our win. We did a lot with doubles tactics during practice this week, trying to get back to what we do best which is winning at the net and forcing errors on the baselines,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It was good to see our work in practice pay off and you could see it in our doubles tonight.”

The win by Burgmans/Flickinger was their 14th win in dual match play this year and seventh in the league action. Playing together for the first time in nearly a month, Kasler/Pfeifler won their ninth match of the season.

Auburn’s Paula de Man was the first Tiger off the court in singles, winning 6-0, 6-2 on court three over Mizzou’s Stuhlmann. Seconds later, Burgmans closed out her match in dominating fashion, knocking off Missouri’s Gaytan-Leach 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1.

“Our singles had great energy and we were very consistent indoors,” Meisner said. “We were able to play longer points and develop points. … I thought this was a big morale boost for our team after having a weekend like we did, kind of doubting ourselves. Getting this win shows us it was a small bump in the road and now we’re back on track.”

Kasler earned her 10th win of the dual match season, topping Cassidy Spearman 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 to seal the win for Auburn. The senior is now 5-1 against SEC opponents this year.

“I’ve been dreading Senior Day all week, but it turned out perfectly,” Kasler said following her singles victory. “The team played great; really high-percentage tennis today. We got the win so I’m happy.”

No. 75 Flickinger, Pfeifler and Michala Kucharova were just one game away from winning their respective matches for Auburn. Both Kucharova and Pfeifler were up a set and 5-0 in the second when play was called, while Flickinger was also up a set and 5-4 on court two.

Auburn plays its final home match on Sunday at noon against No. 10 Texas A&M. Admission is free to all home matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

“Texas A&M is a top-10 team. We look at it as an opportunity, we don’t have any pressure on us and we’ve got two more opportunities to beat a top-10 team. We want to finish strong at home,” Meisner said.

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