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Burgmans falls at ITA/All-American; Muller wins flight at Razorback Classic

Oct. 6, 2013


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Looking to continue her good play through another day at the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships, Auburn sophomore women’s tennis player, Pleun Burgmans fell in the second round of main draw singles at the prestigious tournament, losing 7-5, 6-4 to UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips. With the dropped match, Auburn’s final active player in the tournament was ousted, thus ending the Tigers presence in all fields.

With Burgmans loss included, Auburn finished the tournament with a 2-5 overall record with both wins coming in singles, one from Burgmans in the first round of the main draw singles and one from sophomore Michala Kucharova in the prequalifying singles draw.

As for the remaining Tigers on the roster, four played in the Razorback Classic over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Auburn claimed victory in six total matches at the classic with freshman Reka Muller winning her singles flight. Muller, in her first collegiate action of the year, scored victories over three-straight days of play, including a championship win over Arkansas’ Shannon Hudson, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

As for her teammates in the field, they ran into some trouble in their first round matchups. Sophomore Paula de Man, fell in her first round match to Memphis’ Carolina Wegner, 6-4, 6-1. Heading to the back draw, de Man, again, fell behind early, dropping her second day match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 to Tulsa’s Renata Kuricova. De Man did right the ship on the classic’s final day, defeating Saana Saarteinen of Tulsa in three tough sets, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, for her first win of the year and first as an Auburn Tigers.

Looking to get her collegiate career off on the right track, freshman Lindsey Whitehead dropped her first round match of the French Open flight to Nataly Krutova of Northwestern State, 6-0, 6-1. Luckily, the St. Louis native bounced right back on the second day to defeat Kristen Mee of Arkansas, 6-4, 6-1, for her first collegiate win. Whitehead couldn’t make it two in a row as she dropped her final match of the weekend to Tulsa’s Carol Benito, 6-2, 6-2 to finish the tournament 1-2 in singles play.

The Auburn women’s tennis team will be back on the courts next weekend as it will play in the Miami Fall Invite in Miami, Fla., for its next fall tournament. The tournament will run Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.

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Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Main Draw Singles Results (From Friday)

Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Pleun Burgmans (AUB) 7-5, 6-4


Razorback Classic Results (Friday-Sunday)


U.S. Open Flight (Day One Results)

Reka Muller (AUB) def. Polina Konop (NWST) 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Carolina Wegner (MEM) def. Paula de Man (AUB) 6-4, 6-1


(Day Two Results)

Reka Muller (AUB) def. Saana Saarteinen (Tulsa)

Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) def. Paula de Man (AUB) 6-0, 6-3


(Day Three Results)

Reka Muller (AUB) def. Shannon Hudson (ARK) 7-6 (5), 6-2


Wimbledon Flight (Day One Results)

Brittany Huxley (ARK) def. Ashley Kitchen (AUB) 6-3, 6-3


(Day Three Results)

Flavia Araujo (ARK) def. Ashley Kitchen (AUB) 6-2, 6-2


French Open Flight (Day One Results)

Nataly Krutova (NWST) def. Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) 6-0, 6-1


(Day Two Results)

Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) def. Kristen Mee (ARK) 6-4, 6-1


(Day Three Results)

Carol Benito (Tulsa) def. Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) 6-2, 6-2


Australian Flight (Doubles)

(Day One Results)

Reka Muller/Paula de Mann (AUB) def. Kristen Mee/Flavia Araujo (ARK) 8-1

Liza Tymchenko/Marta Morga (MEM) def. Ashley Kitchen/Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) 8-4


(Day Two Results)

Polina Konop/Tatiana Larina (NWST) def. Ashley Kitchen/Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) 8-2

Liza Tymchenko/Marta Morga (MEM) def. Reka Muller/Paula de Mann (AUB) 8-7 (5)


(Day Three Results)

Shannon Hudson/Brittany Huxley (ARK) def. Ashley Kitchen/Lindsey Whitehead (AUB) 8-2

Sannatana/Leenabanchong (TUL) def. Paula de Mann/Reka Muller (AUB) 8-5



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