May 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – Auburn’s 15th-ranked doubles tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships with a straight-set win on Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Burgmans and Flickinger dropped Michigan’s 18th-ranked pair of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender in the first round, 6-3, 6-3. The Tigers took advantage of a pair of break points chances to swing the match in their favor to advance. The duo becomes the first Auburn doubles team since Alex Haney and Melissa Koning in 2008 to advance to the round of 16.
“Pleun and Emily played very strong today. Even though we had not played this team before, we had seen them in other tournaments so we knew what to expect and we prepared our game-style accordingly,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I thought our intensity was superb and we played aggressive in all areas. This was by far the best return play we have had all year and that was a huge factor for our success.”
The duo is seeking to become the just the second doubles team from Auburn to earn an All-America selection. Burgmans and Flickinger will face USC’s Brynn Boren and Zoe Katz in the round of 16, who upset Virginia’s seventh-ranked team of Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), in the opening round. The match is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Both teams met back in November at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships with the Trojans earning the win, 8-4, in the consolation semifinals.
“We look forward to facing the USC team that we have met before at the National Indoors in November. It’s another great challenge for us and we are just going to go out there and give it everything we’ve got,” Meisner said.