Oct. 2, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Auburn women’s tennis doubles team Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler battled back from an early deficit, but ultimately fell in the qualifying round of the 2012 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships at Riviera Tennis Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Kasler and Pfeifler started slowly and fell in a 0-3 hole against Tennessee’s Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely. The Auburn duo bounced back though, and battled to force a tie at 7-all. Ultimately, that gap would be too much to overcome as the pair of Tigers fell 8-9 and were eliminated.
“We started timid, but they fought the whole match,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “They really did well to fight back and tie it. The girls finally got their bearings and played really, really well. That was a really good Tennessee team. We did finally put together points. The main thing was that we didn’t play as aggressively as we had in the three previous matches. Nerves maybe got to them a little bit. We are working on starting stronger and starting more aggressive.”
In total, Auburn secured four doubles victories at the prestigious event. Kasler and Pfeifler were the first duo to advance to the qualifying round for Auburn since Alex Haney and Melissa Koning in 2008.
Overall, Meisner is happy with her team’s performances at Riviera over the last five days.
“I’m very, very pleased with the overall performance of the team in California,” Meisner said. “This makes me feel good about where we are. If we can keep on improving, then this is going to be a very solid group.”
The Tigers are in action next from October 5-7 at the Roberta Allison Classic in Tuscaloosa. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.