May 24, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – Auburn women’s tennis junior Emily Flickinger and sophomore Pleun Burgmans continued their historic run at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships in Athens, Ga., posting a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over North Carolina’s Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb in the semifinals on Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Auburn’s duo continues to rewrite the record book, becoming the first doubles pair in school history to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships with the three-set win. The win for Burgman/Flickinger was their first victory over a top-5 team this season.
15th-ranked Burgmans and Flickinger are just the second and third players ever to advance to a semifinal at the NCAA Championships for Auburn, the first since former Tiger Fani Chifchieva made a run to the semifinals in singles back in 2008.
Burgmans/Flickinger will take on Georgia’s second-ranked team of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase on Sunday. Both teams met back on April 13 in Auburn, where Herring/Kowase led Burgmans/Flickinger 7-4, but the match was abandoned. Herring/Kowase defeated Baylor’s Victoria Kisisaleva and Blair Shankle, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Three of the four teams at the NCAA Championships to make the semifinals are from the SEC.
During Saturday’s match Burgmans and Flickinger converted a pair of break-point chances in the first set to take it over UNC’s Carter/Loeb. In the second set, Carter/Loeb took the set with a two breaks of serve on Auburn’s end to force a third set. In the third and final set, an early break of serve by Auburn’s tandem put the duo ahead. Leading 5-3, another break-point conversion sealed the match.
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2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
May 24, 2014
Dan Magill Tennis Complex – Athens, Ga.
Doubles - Quarterfinals
#15 Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (AU) def. No. 3 Hayley Carter/Jamie Loeb (UNC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3