AUBURN, Ala. – No. 11 Auburn women’s tennis defeated DePaul, 4-0 on Friday at Yarbrough Tennis Center to advance to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament for the second-straight season.
The Tigers will face No. 37 Florida State on Saturday for a chance to advance to the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga.
“This was a good win over a tough opponent,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “DePaul is one of the toughest teams we’ve ever played in the first round and we came out and set the energy early in doubles and took care of business. Sometimes it’s tough to get back into the grove after taking two weeks off, but I was proud of how our girls performed.”
The Tigers (24-10) took care of business early, grabbing the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. No. 14 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo improved to 20-10 on the season, with a 6-1 victory over Aspasia Avgeri and Yuliya Shupenia.
In singles, Axon was first off the court with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win on court one. With her fourth-straight win, the freshman improved to 25-10 on the season and moves into a tie for 14th on Auburn’s single season wins list.
Junior Andie Dikosavljevic picked up her 19th win of the season with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Keisha Clousing on court two. The Australia native now has 64 career singles victories, moving her into 11th all-time at Auburn.
No. 115 Russo clinched the match for the Tigers with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Patricia Lancranjan on court three. The freshman has clinched eight matches this season and stands at 23-11 in singles.
The Tigers will face Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. The Noles punched their ticket to the second round with a 4-2 upset over No. 26 Arizona State in the first match of the day.