AUBURN – Members of the Auburn women’s tennis team won titles in four different brackets on Saturday in the final day of action in the 2012 Auburn Fall Invite at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
“I am very happy about how we performed this weekend,” Auburn women’s tennis coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I am very optimistic about where we are starting the year. The girls came back in great shape. It was great to have five girls in the finals of their flights. I’m really excited about the new season and this was a great event to evaluate where we are and learn where we need to improve before the Las Vegas tournament.”
Junior Jackie Kasler enjoyed a very successful day as she picked up two titles. She opened her Saturday with a pair of doubles victories with partner Jen Pfeifler. The tandem knocked off Sophie Van den Aaarsen and Bailey Vandyke with a clean 8-0 win before winning the bracket championship with an 8-4 win over UT-Chattanooga’s Kaylene Chadwell and Kayla Jones.
Kasler made it a perfect afternoon with her 6-3, 6-2 dispatching of Virginie Stein (Kennesaw State). Partner Jen Pfeifler also earned a singles win in the flight one back draw final over Sophie Van Den Aarsen from Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5).
Freshman Ashley Kitchen continued her sparking Auburn debut with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kelsey Coots from UT-Chattanooga to win her draw championships. She also added a doubles win with Lauren Levant 8-6 over Northwestern State’s Daniela Simonova and Amy Williams.
Plamena Kurteva earned her singles title with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alicia Porte from Lamar. Fellow senior Paulina Schippers came up short in her singles championship match and lost 6-7 (4), 4-6 to Mississippi State’s Georgiana Patrasc. In doubles play, Kurteva and Schippers split a pair of matches and fell in the title match-up.
Auburn is in action next at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. from Sept. 29-October 7. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.