May 25, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn's 15th-ranked doubles tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger fell short of making the final for the NCAA Tennis Championships in doubles, losing 6-4, 7-5 to Georgia's No. 2-ranked pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"It was an amazing run by Pleun and Emily this weekend. I could not be more proud of what they have accomplished and the records they broke," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. "It's a tough loss, but an experience that we can build on for their future. Coming away with a Final Four appearance and the All-America accolades are huge milestones for the Auburn Tennis program. "
Burgmans and Flickinger end their season with a 27-7 overall record in doubles, the most doubles wins by an Auburn team in the last three seasons and the deepest run by an Auburn doubles team in school history at the national tournament. At the NCAA Championships, the pair became the first Auburn doubles team to earn All-America status since 2008 and were just the second and third players in program history to advance to a NCAA semifinal in either singles or doubles.
In Sunday's match, Georgia's Herring and Kowase jumped out early in the first set, converting a pair of break-point chances to take a one-set lead. In the second frame, the set remained on serve at 5-5 before a Georgia capitalized on break point to serve for the match to close it out. Herring and Kowase will take on Alabama's Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe in an All-SEC final Monday afternoon.
The loss ends Auburn's season, but for the Tigers it was another year of success on the court. During Meisner's third year at the helm of the program, the Tigers finished 17-11 overall, pushing their total to 36 wins over the last two seasons, the most in program history under one head coach. Burgmans and Flickinger became the Tigers' first All-America selections since 2009 and were also selected to the All-SEC team. Burgmans also joined Fani Chifcheva as one of two players to earn berths in back-to-back seasons to the NCAA singles draw.
"We are going to take some time to relish this great experience and then get back to work for next year to push ourselves further. We want to keep setting the bar higher and higher for this program each year," Meisner said.
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2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
May 25, 2014
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga.
Doubles - Semifinals
#2 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #15 Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickigner (AU) 6-4, 7-5