April 12, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 30 Auburn women's tennis team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 match to No. 21 Florida Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Tigers are now 11-10, 3-6 SEC, while the Gators improved to 12-7, 6-4 SEC.
"This was a great college tennis match," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "Although we came up short and the team is disappointed with the result, I couldn't be more proud of the effort that we gave in every position. Florida is a very formidable opponent and they played the big points extremely well. Alex Haney, Daniela Vukadinovic and Jil Hastenrath put us in position for an upset and fought very hard. Those three ladies gave up only seven games collectively and that is an awesome performance. "
The deciding factor came down to the No. 1 singles match between Auburn's sixth-ranked Fani Chifchieva and Florida's eighth-ranked Marrit Boonstra, with Boonstra upending Chifchieva in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
"I must give credit to Florida's No. 1 player, Boonstra," Gray said. "She handled the pressure and the situation with great poise. I know we will learn from this and get better."
Chifchieva and Hastenrath got things going for the Tigers by blanking Brooke Allen and Lauren Wolken, 8-0, to open doubles action in the No. 3 spot, but Auburn went on to surrender the doubles point after losing on courts one and two.
Moving into singles play, Hastenrath evened the team score at 1-1 with a straight-set 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brooke Allen in the No. 6 position. The junior hailing from Solingen, Germany, pushed her spring record to 9-7, 4-5 SEC after winning both of her singles matches this weekend.
After dropping a match on court three, No. 39 Haney picked the Tigers up with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 38 Anastasia Revzina court two to even the team score at 2-2. Haney, the only other Auburn player to win both singles matches over the weekend, improved her spring record to 16-2, 8-1 SEC.
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead with Vukadinovic cruising past Barbara Pinterova, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 5 spot. Florida evened the score with win from Jessica Alexander on court four.
Auburn will close out regular season action on April 18 at Alabama with a 5 p.m., match at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium.
FLORIDA 4, AUBURN 3
Doubles (order of finish: 3, 2, 1)
1. #80 Marrit Boonstra/Joanna Mather (UF) def. #34 Whitney Chappell/Alex Haney (AU), 8-6
2. Anastasia Revzina/Barbara Pinterova (UF) def. Daniela Vukadinovic/Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 8-2
3. Fani Chifchieva/Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Brooke Allen/Lauren Wolken (UF), 8-0
Singles (order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 5, 4, 1)
1. #8 Marrit Boonstra (UF) def. #6 Fani Chifchieva (AU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. #39 Alex Haney (AU) def. #38 Anastasia Revzina (UF), 6-3, 6-1
3. Joanna Mather (UF) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) , 6-1, 6-2
4. Jessica Alexander (UF) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 6-3, 7-5
5. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU) def. Barbara Pinterova (UF), 6-2, 6-1
6. Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Brooke Allen (UF), 6-0, 6-1