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Tigers Outlasted By LSU, 5-2


April 9, 2006

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Auburn women's tennis team won two singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match, but it was not enough to drive them victory, as No. 61 LSU topped the Tigers, 5-2, on Sunday at the W.T. Robinson Tennis Stadium.

Auburn (5-15, 0-10 Southeastern Conference) was able to get singles victories from Alex Haney in the No. 2 match and Ashley Cowart in the No. 4 match, but LSU (10-10, 2-8 SEC) was able to take four singles matches and two of three doubles matches to secure the victory. Haney and Cowart also paired together in the No. 1 doubles match to take an 8-6 win.

Haney earned her sixth victory in her last eight matches by taking the No. 2 match, 6-1, 6-4, over LSU's Marina Chiarelli. Cowart's 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0, victory over Lauren Seaman in the No. 4 match was her first win since March 8.

In the No. 1 singles match LSU's Mykala Hedberg defeated Whitney Chappell, 6-4, 7-5. In the No. 3 match, Irina Pljusznyin took Anastasiya Dubova of LSU to three sets before falling, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. At the No. 5 position, it took LSU's Camila Caliari three sets to get past Dzeljan Memisi, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1. In the No. 6 position, Erin Gray fell to LSU's Daysi Espinal, 6-1, 6-2.

LSU was able to take the doubles point by winning the first two completed matches, before Auburn's duo of Alex Haney and Ashley Cowart won the No. 1 match with an 8-6 victory over Tiffany Tucker and Mykala Hedberg. With the win, Haney and Cowart moved their record to 6-3 on the season.



In the No. 2 doubles match the Tigers' duo of Dzeljan Memisi and Irina Pljusznyin were topped by Marina Chiarelli and Anastasiya Dubova, 8-3. At the No. 3 position, LSU's team of Daysi Espinal and Lauren Seaman topped Erin Gray and Whitney Chappell, 8-3.

Auburn returns to the courts on Tuesday, when the Tigers travel to Mobile, Ala., to face South Alabama at 1 p.m.

Women's Collegiate Tennis
LSU 5 Auburn 2
April 9, 2006
Baton Rouge, La.

1. Mykala Hedberg (LSU) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Alex Haney (AU) def. Marina Chiarelli (LSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) def. Irina Pljusznyin (AU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
4. Ashley Cowart (AU) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU) 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
5. Camila Caliari (LSU) def. Dzeljan Memisi (AU) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1
6. Daysi Espinal (LSU) def. Erin Gray (AU) 6-1, 6-2

Order of finish: (2,6,1,3,5,4)

1. Alex Haney/Ashley Cowart (AU) def. Tiffany Tucker/Mykala Hedberg (LSU) 8-6
2. Marina Chiarelli/Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) def. Dzeljan Memisi/Irina Pljusznyin (AU) 8-3
3. Daysi Espinal/Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Erin Gray/Whitney Chappell (AU) 8-3

Order of finish: (2,3,1)

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