May 9, 2014
|#29 Auburn 4, #58 Winthrop 1|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#15 Burgmans (AU) def. An. Garcia (WU)||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 2||#115 Flickinger (AU) def. Al. Garcia (WU)||6-2, 6-4|
|No. 3||de Man (AU) vs. Cridland (WU)||7-6 (2), 2-5, unf|
|No. 4||Kucharova (AU) vs. Uzelac (WU)||7-5, unf|
|No. 5||Gunaysu (WU) def. Kasler (AU)||6-1, 6-1|
|No. 6||Pfeifler (AU) def. Williamson (WU)||6-0, 6-1|
|Order of Finish||6, 2, 5, 1|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#13 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU) def. Garcia/Garcia (WU)||8-0|
|No. 2||Kasler/Pfeifler (AU) vs. Gridland/Gunaysu (WU)||6-3, unf|
|No. 3||de Man/Kucharova (AU) def. Uzelac/Willamson (WU)||8-3|
|Order of Finish||1, 3|
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 29 Auburn women’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships with a 4-1 victory over Winthrop at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, S.C. on Friday.
The Tigers (17-10) will face Clemson, who defeated UNC-Wilmington, 4-0, on Friday afternoon, at 12 p.m. Saturday with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.
“It’s always good to get the first match under your belt and come out with the win,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “With such a long break between the conference tournament and NCAAs, you worry about losing your match toughness and focus, but the team did a great job of coming out strong and then working through the nerves. I'm proud of how we fought against a feisty Winthrop team. I feel like we can really use this to build our confidence heading into our match tomorrow.”
“I’m proud of the team and it feels good to win again. We hope to continue this into tomorrow,” Meisner said following the win.
In doubles, the 15th-ranked tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger earned their 17th win of the season by cruising to an 8-0 win on court one in a dominating performance over Winthrop’s Andressa Garcia and Alice Garcia.
Auburn’s Michala Kucharova and Paula de Man clinched the doubles point for the Tigers on court three with an 8-3 victory. The pair’s match was tied at 3-3, but the duo won five straight games to seal the doubles point against Winthrop’s Tijana Uzelac and Beth Williamson. The Tigers also were leading on court two when play was halted as Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler were up 6-3.
“Pleun and Emily were flawless in doubles and really set the tone early in the match,” Meisner said. “I was glad to see Paula and Michala finish off the doubles point for us because they have been playing great tennis, but hadn’t been able to finish their matches due to others closing it out first.”
Pfeifler was the first Tiger off the court in singles, making quick work of Winthrop’s Williamson, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 6 line. Auburn pushed its lead to 3-0 behind Flickinger’s 6-2, 6-4 victory on court two.
“Jen was stellar in singles play for us. She was on point with everything she did, developing her points so that she could finish at the net,” Meisner said of the junior. “She really led the team today emotionally and I think that helped with others to close out their matches.”
Winthrop (18-5) picked up its lone singles win as Kasler fell 6-1, 6-1 on court five to Ekin Gunaysu. The Tigers rallied back quickly behind 15th-ranked Burgmans as the sophomore posted a 6-4, 6-4 win on court one to seal the match for Auburn.
The win by the Tigers marked their second straight postseason with a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament.
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