Oct. 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sophomore women’s tennis player and reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, Pleun Burgmans, will get her 2013-14 singles tennis campaign underway tomorrow in the main singles draw of the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships. Burgmans is fresh off a 22 win season last year and is currently the 18th-ranked player in the nation in singles.
The Netherlands native will be going up against the best competition college tennis has to offer and will face Virginia’s Julia Elbaba, who is the eight-seed of the draw, in the first round. Elbaba is also the ninth-ranked player in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will be one of Burgmans highest ranked opponents of her young career.
“I’m ready to see Pleun play in singles,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “She played yesterday in doubles, so it won’t be her first time on the court this fall, but I’m excited to see her play in singles and really see her continue the success she had last year.”
Burgmans along with three of her teammates were in action yesterday in the qualifying doubles draw of the tournament, looking for one of the remaining spots in the main doubles draw. However, both Tigers doubles teams came up short in the first round. Burgmans and junior Emily Flickinger, who came in as the 34th-ranked doubles team in the country, dropped their first match of the year to Ale Granillo and Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine, 8-6. Senior Jackie Kasler and junior Jen Pfeifler fell to Iowa’s Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch, 8-2, as the last Tigers doubles team in the competition.
Burgmans will try to keep an Auburn presence in the championship starting tomorrow with her singles match starting at 3:30 p.m.
A full recap with complete results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following the qualifying portion of the tournament
Riviera ITA/All-American Qualifying Results (From Tuesday)
Morven McCulloch/Ruth Seaborn (IOWA) def. No. 23 Jen Pfeifler/Jackie Kasler (AUB) 8-2
Lorraine Guillermo/Ale Granillo (PEPP) def. No. 34 Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (AUB) 8-6