Freshman Olivia Bennett
Oct. 4, 2010
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The Auburn women's tennis team had four student-athletes compete at the 2010 Riviera/ ITA All-American Championships this past weekend in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Tigers competed in the prequalifying doubles draw Saturday and Sunday at the LA Tennis Center.
Olivia Bennett and Jackie Kasler had the best weekend of their young Auburn tennis career. The pair of freshmen defeated Florida State's Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle in the first round, 8-2, Saturday.
"This was the best match to date that Olivia (Bennett) and Jackie (Kasler) have played," head coach Tim Gray said. "They executed extremely well, got out to an early lead and they just kept building the momentum."
The twosome fell to UCLA's McCall Jones and Pamala Montez in the semi-final round Sunday.
Auburn's other competitors of the weekend, Emily Newton and Caroline Thornton, began their play against No. 4 seeded Dainelle Lao and Lindsay Kinstler of USC. Thornton and Newton battled the entire match, but fell to the Trojans, 8-6.
"We missed some opportunities, and USC came up big at the end and played the important points a little better than us," Gray said. "That was the difference. I thought both Emily (Newton) and Caroline (Thornton) played well, and this is great experience for them. They both are smart players and will learn from this event."
The entire Auburn women's tennis team travels to Tallahassee, Fla., Oct. 15-17 for the Seminole Quad Tournament and return to play in the ITA Southern Regional Championships Oct. 22-24 in Birmingham, Ala.