Sept. 26, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Auburn's women's tennis team traveled to Providence, R.I., and came away with some big performances at the Brown Invitational. The Tigers won a total of 25 matches this weekend in the tournament featuring Brown, Boston College, Boston University, Rutgers and Auburn. The Tigers won three of the six flights, and placed players in the finals of three singles flights, and won the doubles championship flight.
"I feel we made several positive steps in every flight with every player this weekend," head coach Tim Gray said.
Caroline Thornton and Jacquelin Kassler both won their singles flight's final rounds Sunday. Thornton, a sophomore from Charleston, S.C., defeated Brown's Bianca Aboubakare to win the Brown Flight singles championship 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
"Caroline did a great job this weekend and beat some solid players," Gray added. "She is starting to make the choices that will take her game to a new level."
Kasler, a freshman, won her first college singles tournament defeating Monika Mical from Boston University, 6-1, 6-3 in the Tigers Flight.
"Jacqueline also did a great job winning her first college singles tournament," Gray said.
To add to the Tigers excellent play, Thornton and freshman Emily Newton won the Brown Flight doubles final round after downing a pair from Boston College 8-2.
"Newcomer Newton paired with Thornton and dominated from the first point on Friday," Gray said. "I'm really happy with our results and effort."
After an outstanding weekend in Rhode Island, the Tigers head to the ITA Riviera All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Oct. 2.
Brown Flight Singles
Caroline Thornton (Auburn) def. Bianca Aboubakare (Brown)3-6,6-2,6-3
Erina Kikuchi (BC) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown)6-0,6-0
Olivia Bennett (Auburn) def. Misia Krasowski (Brown)6-4,7-5
Alex Kelleher (BC) def. Amy Zhang (Rutgers) 6-2,3-6,1-0(9)
Scarlet Knights Flight
Jessica Harrow (Brown) def. Veronica Corning (BC) 7-5,6-4
Paulina Schippers (Auburn) def. Katharine Attwell (BC) 6-7(4),6-2,1-0(3)
Emily Newton (Auburn) def. Jennifer Holzberg (Rutgers) 6-2, 6-2
Stefania Balasa (Rutgers) def. Leonie Athanasiadis (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Jackie Kasler (Auburn) def. Monika Mical (BU) 6-1,6-3
Cate Stewart (Brown) def. Haley Dixon (BC) 7-5,6-3
Katarina Gajic (BC) def. Leonora Slatnick (Rutgers) 6-2,6-4
Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Plamena Kurteva (Auburn) 6-1,1-6,6-1
Maryana Milchutsky (Rutgers) def. Amelia Martinez (BU) 6-1,6-0
Vanessa Petrini def. Kendal Drake (BU) 6-4,4-6,1-0(8)
Olga Khmylev (BC) def. Maria Arechavaleta (Auburn) 6-1,6-4
Golden Eagles Flight
No Final Played
Michelle Green (Rutgers) def. Marisa Schonfeld (Brown) 6-3,6-4
Taylor Schreimann (Auburn) def. Jackie Mabatah (BC) 6-4,6-0