AUBURN, Ala. - No. 11 Auburn women’s tennis defeated No. 23 Arizona State, 4-2 and will advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
“I am very proud this this team,” said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. “The grit and determination they have shown all year has been very impressive. It is very deserving that this team is the first team in program history to reach the Sweet 16.”
After dropping the doubles point, Auburn battled back to force the third set on all six courts in singles. The Tigers came into the match 34-19 in matches that make it to the third set.
“We started off very slow and we did not play as well in doubles as we are capable of,” said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. “For a while, we didn’t look that good in singles either, but we finally settled down and started playing our tennis.”
Alizee Michaud got things started after doubles, defeating No. 110 Kassidy Jump of Arizona State. She improves to 21-5 (7-4 SEC) on the season with eight wins over ranked opponents.
After dropping the first set, Pleun Burgmans battled back to defeat ASU’s Ebony Panoho 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. She is now 29-7 on the season in singles with 194 combined victories for her career. With 29 singles wins this season, Burgmans is now tied for third in single season victories.
“I am very proud of how Pleun battled today,” said Spencer. “I think she let the moment get to her a little bit in the first set, but she settled down in the second and third sets and took care of business. Once she got up in the second set, I knew she was going to pull it out.”
Freshman Alannah Griffin’s strong start to her career at Auburn continued when she defeated Stephanie Vlad on court four, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Griffin now has 28 singles wins on the season and is tied for fifth all-time in single season victories.
All-SEC performer Andie Dikosavljevic showed why she is considered one of the top players in the country when she clinched the match for Auburn, defeating ASU’s No. 35 Desirae Krawcyzk in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. Dikosavljevic now has 13 wins against ranked opponents this season.
“Desirae Krawczyk from Arizona State played lights off in the first set,” Spencer said. “We knew that is Andie could just weather the storm, she would have a great chance of winning. I was glad she was able to come through for us in the end.”
No. 11 Auburn will face off against No. 6 Vanderbilt on Thursday. The match will be played in Tulsa, Okla. and will start at 9 a.m. CT.
No. 11 Auburn 4, No. 23 Arizona State 3
No. 20 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) def. No. 35 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 31 Alizee Michaud (AU) def. No. 110 Kassidy Jump (ASU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
No. 70 Pleun Burgmans (AU) def. Ebony Panoho (ASU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Alannah Griffin (AU) vs. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Paula de Man (AU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Caroline Turner (AU) vs. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) 2-6, 6-2, 5-3, uf
No. 8 Alizee Michaud/Pleun Burgmans (AU) vs. No. 15 Ebony Panoho/Alexandra Osborne (ASU) 4-3, uf
Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Andie Dikosavljevic/Alannah Griffin (AU) 6-2
Kassidy Jump/Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Paula de Man/Caroline Turner (AU) 6-3
Match played outdoors
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,3; Singles: 2,3,5,4,1