May 10, 2014
|#14 Clemson 5, #29 Auburn 0|
|Women's Singles Results|
|No. 1||#44 Burgmans (AU) vs. #34 Koroleva (CU)||6-3, 3-3, uf|
|No. 2||#115 Flickinger (AU) vs. #33 Koelzer (CU)||6-3, 2-3, uf|
|No. 3||Gumulya (CU) def. de Man (AU)||6-0, 6-1|
|No. 4||Dewar (CU) def. Kucharova (AU)||6-0, 6-1|
|No. 5||Rompies (CU) def. Kasler (AU)||6-2, 6-3|
|No. 6||Eidukonyte (CU) def. Pfeifler (AU)||6-3, 6-0|
|Order of Finish||4, 3, 6, 5|
|Women's Doubles Results|
|No. 1||#17 Gumulya/Koroleva (CU) def. #15 Burgmans/Flickinger (AU)||8-5|
|No. 2||Koelzer/Dewar (CU) def. Kasler/Pfeifler (AU)||8-4|
|No. 3||Kucharova/de Man (AU) def. Eldukonyte/Rompies (CU)||8-4|
|Order of Finish||3, 1, 2|
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 29 Auburn women’s tennis team fell 5-0 to 14th-ranked Clemson on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships at the Hole Sloan Tennis Center.
“Credit has to first go to a tough Clemson team. They are a solid team from top to bottom and are very aggressive,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said following the loss. “I was very proud of Michala (Kucharova) and Paula(de Man) for again putting together a solid effort in doubles. They finished the season playing really well together and we'll for sure look to build on that next year. I just felt like we got a little tight on the other courts and let them get away from us.”
Auburn finishes the year at 17-11, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since the 2007-2008 seasons. The 36 combined victories over the last two years under Meisner are the most wins by a head coach in school history in back-to-back seasons.
Kucharova and de Man provided the Tigers with their second win of the weekend at the No. 3 line in doubles, taking down Clemson’s Joana Eldukonyte and Jessy Rompies, 8-4, in the first match to finish.
Auburn’s 15th-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger dropped just their third match of the season, losing to No. 17 Beatrice Gumulya and Yana Koroleva, 8-5, on court one. Clemson (21-6) sealed the doubles point behind Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar’s 8-3 victory over Auburn’s Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler at the No. 2 line.
Clemson rode the momentum from doubles into singles play and won four first sets in six matches. Kucharova fell 6-1, 6-0 on court four to Clemson’s Dewar to make it 2-0 in favor of Clemson.
Paula de Man fell 6-1, 6-0 to No. 100 Beatrice Gumulya to push Clemson’s advantage to 3-0 with four matches left on court. At the bottom of the lineup, Clemson simultaneously clinched the match with victories on courts five and six. Pfeifler fell 6-3, 6-0 to Clemson’s Eludukonyte, while Kasler, the lone senior on Auburn’s team, dropped her final match of her career 6-2, 6-3 to Rompies to close the match out at 5-0. The senior finishes her career with 152 career combined wins, which ranks as the fourth-most in school history.
No. 44 Burgmans won the first set, 6-3, on court one and was tied at 3-3 in the second when play was stopped. No. 115 Flickinger had claimed the first set in her match over No. 33 Koelzer and was in a tight second set when play was abandoned.
“We had some of the best singles performances of the year from Pleun and Emily, playing against an All-American and a top-40 players at the No. 2 spot,” Meisner said. “I know that they will take that play into the NCAA individual tournament and end this season on a high note.”
Burgmans will compete in the 64-player singles draw at the NCAA individual championships, while she will pair with Flickinger in the doubles bracket. The tournament begins on May 21 in Athens, Ga.
“Altogether, I’m proud of this young team and what we have accomplished in such a short time. They have overcame a lot of adversity this season within the team and it has only brought them closer. They could have given up a long time ago, but they kept fighting and will end up being a top-30 program with a winning record,” Meisner said. “We’ve set a good, solid foundation for this program and with the next recruits coming in next season to add to that foundation, it makes for a great time to be a part of the Auburn women’s tennis program.”
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