Sept. 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS – Auburn women’s tennis picked up 14 individual victories and three flight championships at the UNLV Fall Invitational over the weekend.
“I’m really proud of how the girls competed this weekend, especially in doubles,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We’ve been working really hard on doubles in practice and to see that come together and win two doubles flight wins is great. I’m extremely proud of that. To have three of the four girls in finals of their flights was a great accomplishment and it shows how our young squad is progressing.”
Auburn senior Paulina Schippers posted three wins in flight two, including a win over teammate Maria Cardenas Conti in the flight championship, 6-3, 6-1. Cardenas Conti, who played in her first collegiate tournament, had previously picked up a pair of victories as the teammates were named co-champions of the draw.
Senior Plamena Kurteva picked up two wins to reach the championship of flight three. Unfortunately, her Sunday cut short as she was forced to retire from her match with UNLV’s Iren Kotseva and finished as the runner up.
Also playing in her first event for Auburn was freshman Pleun Burgmans. The Dutch newcomer won her first match 6-2, 6-2 over Klaudia Malenovska (Long Beach State), but fell 2-6, 1-6 to ITA No. 43 Lucia Batta from UNLV in the semifinals of flight one.
Auburn also had great success in doubles action in Las Vegas. Both teams competing for the Tigers won flight championships with three wins each. The tandem of Burgmans and Kurteva dropped Texas Tech’s Rashmi Teltumbde (No. 105 individually) and Nikki Sanders 8-4 to earn the championship.
In more paired action, Cardenas Conti and Schippers earned three wins culminating with a thrilling 8-6 victory over Iren Kotseva and Alexis Garrett in the flight title match.
Auburn is in action next on September 29 through October 7 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.