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
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)