Sept. 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Auburn women’s tennis duo Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler picked up their third doubles victory in two days and advanced to the qualifying round of the 2012 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships.
“I’m really proud of the effort all four ladies showed this weekend,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I’m especially proud of the way Jackie and Jen played taking on three really talented doubles teams. This is a great accomplishment for them to advance and I’m looking forward to their match on Tuesday.”
Kasler and Pfeifler defeated South Carolina’s Dominika Kanakova and Jaklin Alawi, 8-2, to become the first doubles team on Sunday to advance to the qualifying tournament of the All-American Championships.
The duo advances to first round of qualifying on Tuesday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Auburn’s tandem previously on Sunday earned a win over the team of Monika Sirilova and Simona Parjova from TCU, 9-7. That victory came after Kasler and Pfeifler dropped Columbia’s Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga on Saturday, 9-8 (3).
Kasler and Pfeifler are the first Auburn doubles team to complete in the main qualifying draw since Alex Haney and Koning in 2008.
The sophomore Pfeifler also participated in the singles bracket on Saturday. Ranked as ITA No. 102 entering the weekend, the Gulf Breeze, Fla. native dropped a tight three-set match to Texas’ Elizabeth Begley, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6.
Auburn’s other duo of Emily Flickinger and Pleun Burgmans earned a 9-7 win over Blair Seideman and Hanna Yu on Saturday. The two Tigers’ stint in California ended on Sunday with an 8-2 loss to Lauren McHale and Zoe De Bruycker.
The rest of the Auburn team will be in action on Friday, October 5 at the Roberta Allison Classic hosted by the University of Alabama. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.