AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s tennis advanced one doubles team and five singles to the round of 16 in the first day of action at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional on Friday in Tuscaloosa.
“We had a strong first day and I am proud of the performances that we put together as a team,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “We are looking forward to a very tough day tomorrow with some really great opportunities against ranked players. I feel like we are ready for the challenge and will bring the same energy that we brought today.”
Georgie Axon and Caroline Turner got the morning started with a main draw doubles victory over UAB’s Marlene Herrmann and Pardis Kianoush, 8-4. The duo will face off against Joana Vale Costa and Becca Weissman of LSU tomorrow in the round of 16.
Axon defeated Julia Kral (McNeese), 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the singles main draw and then advanced to the round of 16 after defeating No. 81 Tea Jandric of Ole Miss, 6-4, 7-5. The England native will face No. 33 Andie Daniell of Alabama tomorrow.
Fellow freshman Taylor Russo also advanced to the singles round of 16, defeating Herrmann of UAB, 6-4, 6-2 and Tulane’s Christina Sisti, 6-4, 6-4. Russo will face No. 18 Erin Routliffe (Alabama) in the round of 16, tomorrow.
After a first round bye, Andie Dikosavljevic, Alannah Griffin and Allie Michaud picked up wins in the second round to advance to the round of 16. Dikosavljevic will face off against Zalina Khairundinova (Ole Miss), while Michaud will draw Mississippi State’s Lisa Marie Rioux. Alannah Griffin will open up the round of 16 with No. 17 Arianne Hartono (Ole Miss).
In the main draw round of 16, No. 3 seed Michaud and Griffin will team up to face Khairundinova and Jandric (Ole Miss) after receiving a first round bye. No. 2 seed Dikosavljevic and Russo also received a first-round bye and will face Alex Kitchen and Carolin Descher (Southern Miss).