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Women's Tennis Opens Season at SEC Fall Classic

Sept. 11, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Auburn women's tennis team opened up their 2009-2010 campaign today in Nashville. In the tournament hosted by Vanderbilt University, the team came away with a total of three victories on opening day.

On the singles side, Auburn took home two individual wins as freshman Plamena Kurteva won a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Soledad Podlipnik of Ole Miss in her Auburn debut. Auburn's other singles victory went to senior Heather Bybee, who defeated Megan Gornet of Vanderbilt in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

"This is probably one of the toughest fall tournaments in the nation and in spite of having a team that's been riddled with illness and injuries, I felt we had a very good opening day," said head coach Tim Gray of his squad's performance.

In doubles play, a pair of freshman in Paulina Schippers and Caroline Thornton teamed up in their first match for Auburn to down Mississippi State's Radko Ferancova and Danielle Terpko 8-5.

"We had some opportunities that we let slip away at a spot or two, but all in all, I was very pleased with a lot of the things we did today. We competed very well on every court. We are young, but I feel we have solid talent to build on."

Tomorrow's action begins at 10 a.m. with doubles play followed by singles action. The lone Tigers remaining in the winners bracket are Bybee, who will take on South Carolina's Rita Maisak, and Kurteva, who will talk on Kaitlin Burns of LSU. Schippers and Thornton will draw Whitney Wolf and Keri Frankenberger of LSU in doubles action.



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