April 22, 2010
ATHENS, Ga.- The No. 55 Auburn women's tennis team was defeated by No. 25 Arkansas 4-0 in the opening round of the 2010 SEC Championship Thursday afternoon at Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Auburn's lone victory of the day came at No. 1 doubles, as the 88th-ranked team of Myrthe Molenveld and Paulina Schippers earned their fourth victory of the year.
Auburn's (9-11) day began with doubles action, as the senior pairing of Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath were defeated by Arkansas' (17-8) Anouk Tigu and Valentina Starkova, 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. The No. 88 team of Molenveld and Schippers followed, securing Auburn's doubles victory with an 8-6 decision over Kate Lukomskaya and Kelsey Sundram in first-flight play.
The doubles point was determined in a close match, as the freshman tandem of Caroline Thornton and Plamena Kurteva hung tough throughout, but were defeated by the Razorback team of Stephanie Roy and Claudine Paulson, 9-7 in third-flight action to give Arkansas the doubles point heading into singles action.
Arkansas began singles play with a victory at No. 5, as Sundaram knocked off Hastenrath 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2, sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic forced a tiebreak in the first set against Lukomskaya, but dropped the frame 7-5, and fell in the second set, 6-1.
The match ended with No. 1 singles action, as Tigu, ranked No. 46, took on No. 45 Chifchieva. Tigu took the first set 7-6, and went on to coast in the second set, 6-1 to take the match and seal the 4-0 shutout.
With regular season and SEC play concluded, Auburn now awaits word from the NCAA women's tennis team selection announcement on May 4. The announcement will air on ESPNews. A list of individuals selected for the singles and doubles championships will be posted on NCAA.com shortly following the team selection.
#25 Arkansas 4, #55 Auburn 0
1. #46 Anouk Tigu (AR) def. #45 Fani Chifchieva (AU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
2. Kate Lukomskaya (AR) def. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Emily Carbone (AR) vs. Myrthe Molenveld (AU) 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
4. Stephanie Roy (AR) vs. Caroline Thornton (AU) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
5. Kelsey Sundaram (AR) def. Jil Hastenrath (AU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Valentina Starkova (AR) vs. Paulina Schippers (AU) 6-1, 3-6, 2-3, unfinished
1. #88 Myrthe Molenveld/Paulina Schippers (AU) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (AR) 8-6
2. Anouk Tigu/Valentina Starkova (AR) def. Fani Chifchieva/Jil Hastenrath (AU) 8-2
3. Stephanie Roy/Claudine Paulson (AR) def. Caroline Thornton/Plamena Kurteva (AU) 9-7