Sept. 22, 2008
"I was very pleased with our overall performance this weekend," head coach Tim Gray said. "I think we are right on track in terms of both our tennis and our fitness. Now we need to keep building on this. This was a very good first step in the process."
Four of Auburn's seven players were active in Flight A. Haney blanked Stony Brook's in Anna Pieschl 6-0 and handed Evelien Strijker of UAB a 6-3 loss, before colliding with teammate Whitney Chappell and winning 7-6 (8-6).
Chappell won two matches, 6-1 over Dara Lahens of Long Island University and a 6-4 win over Southern Miss' Elja van Berlo.
Koning, a returning All-American for Auburn, posted a 3-1 mark, picking up wins over Giorgia Romeo of UAB (6-4), Toledo's Nadia Zoubareva (6-4) and Stony Brook's Katherin Hanson (7-5). Fani Chifchieva won her opening match against Selma Babic of LIU, 6-1, but suffered a 6-3 loss at the hands of Hanson.
Heather Bybee opened Flight B action by shutting out LIU's Lilians Cortes, 6-0, but fell in her next match, 6-2, to Alexandra Kaluza of Southern Miss. Daniella Vukadinovic also went 1-1 in Flight B by first defeating Melissa Reynolds of Toledo 6-1, but lost her next match, 6-3, to Hollie Robinson of Southern Miss.
Dunja Djuranovic defaulted her first match to Marist's Mirelva Colon in Flight B.
The Tigers will be back in action on Oct. 1 at the ITA-Rivera/All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.