|#19 Pepperdine 4, #43 Auburn2|
Women's Singles Results
|No. 1||#71 Burgmans (AU) vs. No. 9 Guillermo (PU)||6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-2, uf|
|No. 2||Gulbay (PU) def. Flickinger (AU)||6-4, 6-2|
|No. 3||Dikosavljevic (AU) def. Gutura (PU)||6-2, 6-3|
|No. 4||#81 Rundlerdkriangkrai (PU) def. Muller (AU)||6-2, 6-2|
|No. 5||Capannolo (PU) def. de Man (AU)||7-5, 0-6, 6-1|
|No. 6||Maddox (PU) def. Pfefiler (AU)||6-4, 6-1|
|Order of Finish||4, 6, 3, 2, 5|
Women's Doubles Results
|No. 1||#8 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. #23 Cutura/Maddox (PU)||8-3|
|No. 2||Guillermo/Rungerkriangkrai (PU) def. de Man/Kucharova (AU)||8-5|
|No. 3||Muller/Pfefiler (AU) def. Capannalo/Fenderis (PU)||8-5|
|Order of Finish||1, 2, 3|
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 43 Auburn women’s tennis won the doubles point against No. 19 Pepperdine, but fell 4-2 to the Waves in the first round of the NCAA Championships Friday at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
“I was proud of our effort and the way we battled in the match,” head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We had two great days of practice leading up to the match in California. Pepperdine just converted a few more points than we did to close out the match. Our girls battled through the season and never let up once. They showed that today and I’m proud of the way the competed and represented Auburn.”
The Tigers (16-14) were looking to advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season after earning an at-large bid into the field. Auburn has now made the tournament in three straight years for just the second time in program history.
Auburn opened the match by claiming the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. No. 8 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger cruised to an 8-3 victory on court one over Pepperdine’s 23rd-ranked pair of Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox.
The Tigers clinched the point as Reka Muller and Jen Pfeifler battled to an 8-5 win at the No. 3 line over the Waves’ Michaela Capannolo and Danielle Fenderidis.
After Pepperdine (18-6) earned wins on courts four and six to take a 2-1 advantage, Andie Dikosavljevic earned her first career win in NCAA play for the Tigers with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 3 line to tie the match. The win moved the freshman’s record to 15-10 in dual-match play this season.
Pepperdine clinched the match on court five as Auburn’s Paula de Man fell 7-5, 0-6, 6-1 to the Waves’ Capannolo.
No. 71 Burgmans also forced a three-set match on court one against Pepperdine’s No. 9 Lorraine Guillermo and was the only match abandoned.
Auburn’s doubles tandem of Burgmans and Flickinger will continue their season at the NCAA Individual Championships, which run May 20-25 in Waco, Texas. The pair has already earned All-America honors by earning a national seed for the doubles draw.
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