Oct. 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--Auburn's women's tennis team got completion underway at the Seminole Quad Tournament Friday in Tallahassee, Fla. The Tigers began singles play in four different brackets against Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Florida and SEC foe Ole Miss at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Florida State's campus.
In the Garnet Bracket Caroline Thornton fell to South Florida's Irene Rehberger 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and to Florida State's Francesca Segarelli 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Olivia Bennett and Emily Newton had play in the Gold Bracket Friday and will meet Sunday to play for fifth-place. Bennett fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to Lynn Blau of Georgia Tech, while Newton lost to Katie Rybakova 6-1, 7-5 before bouncing back to defeat Rocio Lopez, also from Georgia Tech, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Jackie Kasler dropped a pair of matches in the Yellow Bracket to Muriel Wacker from Georgia Tech (6-1,6-1) and Florida State's Loreto Alonso (4-6, 6-3, 6-3).
Plamena Kurteva, Paulina Schippers and Taylor Schreimann competed in the Red Bracket for the Tigers. Kurteva defeated Gabby Rangel from Ole Miss 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 and Florida State's Manon Veldman 6-0, 6-1, while Schippers downed Kate Parker from Florida State 6-4, 6-3 before falling to Alessandra Bonte from South Florida 6-0, 6-4. Schreimann defeated Veldman 6-3, 6-2, but fell to Kate Parker from South Florida 7-5, 6-2.
Auburn is using competition at the quad tournament to measure their fall season growth, with half of the season completed.
"This is a very strong field and it will be a great barometer to gauge our progress this fall," head coach Tim Gray said. "Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, FSU and USF are all teams that were in the top 20 in the country in last year, so it goes without saying that is a very good event. We need to continue to how we are working hard to improve."
Auburn continues play at the Seminole Quad Tournament Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m.