TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Auburn women's tennis will be well-represented in the final day of action at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional as the Tigers have a finalist in both the main singles and doubles draw.
No. 44 Pleun Burgmans looks to defend her regional singles title from a year ago after the junior punched her ticket to Monday's final with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win, topping Alabama's No. 52 Danielle Spielmann.
I was very proud of how Pleun performed today," head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "This is much more of a competitive tournament than last year and I'm excited to watch her play again tomorrow in the final."
The junior opened the day with a dominating quarterfinals victory over Alabama's 84th-ranked Maya Jansen, 6-0, 6-1. Burgmans has won 11 straight matches in singles play at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional dating back to last season.
Burgmans and Emily Flickinger continued their strong doubles play, outlasting LSU's Olivia Scott/Joana Vale Costa 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) in Sunday's semifinal match. The sixth-ranked duo will look to repeat as USTA/ITA Southern Regional doubles champions and face the nation's top-ranked doubles team Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen in Monday's final.
The Auburn tandem has won six out of its last seven matches dating back to the Rivera/ITA All-American Championships where Burgmans/Flickinger became the first doubles team in school history to advance to the semifinals at the prestigious event.
"Pleun and Emily got themselves in a bit of hole against LSU, but they fought very hard to battle back and win the match," Meisner said.
Burgmans and Flickinger will compete in the doubles final starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. After the completion of that match, Burgmans will play in the main draw singles final.
The winner of both the singles and doubles final with earn a berth at the USTA/ITA National Indoors at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. on Nov. 6-9.