Sept. 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Auburn women’s tennis player, sophomore Michala Kucharova scored a big win in the first round of pre-qualifying singles at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships over the weekend. Going up against the No. 4 seed of the draw, Kim Stubbe of Arizona, Kucharova gutted out a tough three-set win over the 82nd-ranked Stubbe, 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2, for her first ranked win of her collegiate career.
Unfortunately, Kucharova’s run at the championship was cut short as she fell in the second round on Sunday to eventual qualifier, Rachel Pierson of Virginia, 6-3, 6-1.
“Michala looked great in her first match of the tournament,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It’s tough that the momentum couldn’t carry over to the second match, but you can’t ignore the great play she had in the first round, which she will take with her throughout the rest of the fall season.”
Junior Emily Flickinger was also in action over the weekend in pre-qualifying singles, but was dropped in the first round of play by seven-seed Southern Cal’s Giuliana Olmos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
The championship will take Monday off before resuming with the qualifying rounds on Tuesday. Auburn will have one doubles team in action in qualifying as senior Jackie Kasler and junior Jen Pfeifler will come in looking for one of the remaining spots in the main doubles draw. Kasler and Pfeifler come into the tournament as the No. 23 team in the country.
Draws for the singles and doubles qualifying rounds will be released tomorrow on ITATennis.com. Play will begin Tuesday morning.
A full recap with complete results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following the qualifying portion of the tournament.