April 8, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Auburn women's tennis team (5-15, 1-8 SEC) picked up its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season Friday as the Tigers downed Mississippi State, 4-1.
"Despite being shorthanded for the doubles the ladies stepped it up today," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray. "I am very proud of the way they all fought in the midst of adversity."
In doubles, Auburn forfeited the No. 3 match but won on two courts to secure the point for the Tigers. On court one, Auburn's Jacquline Kasler and Plamena Kurteva won against the Bulldogs' Alexandra Perper and Olesya Tsigvintseva, 8-4.
Auburn secured the point on court two as Caroline Thornton and Paulina Schippers defeated MSU's Vivian Pietraroia and Danielle Terpko, 8-4. Auburn did not field a third doubles team.
In singles, Auburn won on three courts to take the 4-1 win. On court five, freshman Maria Arechavaleta defeated Pietraroia. She was ahead 5-0 before Pietraroia retired. On court two the Tigers' Schippers beat Ryzhova, 6-3, 6-2.
Mississippi State's lone point came on court one as the Bulldogs' Perper defeated Auburn's Thornton, 6-1, 6-4. Auburn's Kurteva clinched the win on court three as the downed the Bulldogs' Terpko, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Play was suspended once the Tigers clinched the win. Court two ended at 2-6, 6-2 between Auburn's Kasler and MSU's Tsigvintseva. On court six, the Bulldogs' Roseline Dion and Auburn's Taylor Cohen were 7-5, 3-6 when play was suspended.
Auburn will complete the Mississippi road trip Sunday as the team travels to Oxford to take on No. 34 Ole Miss. Fans can follow live stats at www.AuburnTigers.com.
Against Mississippi State
Mississippi State 1, Auburn 4
4/8/11 - A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre
1) Jacqueline Kasler/Plamena Kurteva (AU) def. Alexandra Perper/Olesya Tsigvintseva (MSU) 8-4
2) Caroline Thornton/Paulina Schippers(AU) def. Vivian Pietraroia/Danielle Terpko (MSU) 8-1
3) Mariia Ryzhova/Jordan Zachary (MSU) def. Maria Arechavaleta/Taylor Cohen (AU) dnp.
1) Perper (MSU) def. Thornton (AU) 6-1, 6-4
2) Schippers (AU) def. Ryzhova (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
3) Kurteva (AU) def. Terpko (MSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
4) Tsigvintseva (MSU) vs. Kasler (AU) 6-2, 2-6, 0-2 (susp.)
5) Arechavaleta (AU) def. Pietraroia (MSU) 5-0(def.)
6) Roseline Dion (MSU) vs. Taylor Cohen (AU) 7-5, 3-6, 0-2 (susp.)
Order of finish... Doubles (3,1,2) Singles (5,2,1,3,-,-)