AUBURN, Ala. – There will be an all Auburn final, with Alizee Michaud and Andie Dikosavljevic set to face off in the USTA/ITA Southern Region Main Draw Singles Championship in Tuscaloosa on Monday. The winner will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
This is not the first time there has been an all Auburn final at the Southern Regionals. In 2013, Pleun Burgmans defeated teammate Emily Flickinger in the singles bracket. She then paired with Flickinger to defeat fellow Tigers Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler in the doubles bracket.
“This was one of the highest level performances by both girls that we have ever had at the Regional Championship,” Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer said. “I am very proud of the effort, maturity and overall play of both girls against two of the top players in the SEC. It will be exciting to see these two players go against each other for the title.”
No. 13 Dikosavljevic will return to the championship match, after winning it all last season. The Australia native punched her ticket after defeating Alabama’s No. 18 Erin Routliffe in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. She advanced to Sunday’s semifinal match after defeating Stefana Andrei (ULM), 6-4, 6-2.
“Andie was poised throughout the entire match and really dictated her points throughout the entire match,” said Spencer. “She stuck to her style of play and was in control the entire match. Her maturity as a player continues to show in every match that she plays and you can tell that she has become comfortable being in high stress situations against top ranked players.”
After dropping the first set, Michaud battled back to defeat No. 17 Arianne Hartono, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to her first Southern Region Championship. The junior defeated teammate Georgie Axon 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the semifinal match.
“Allie’s match against Hartono was one of the highest level matches I have seen at a regional championship,” Spencer said of Michaud’s match. “I am very proud of how she was able to keep her composure and raise her game at key points throughout the match to come through with the win. She has had a great fall and is positioning herself to be ranked as one of the best players in the country.”
There will also be an all Auburn final in the consolation doubles bracket on Monday as Michaud and Alannah Griffin will face off against Dikosavljevic and Taylor Russo. Michaud and Griffin defeated Samford’s Savannah Wood and Arianna Beltrame , 8-1 to advance to the finals, while Dikosavljevic and Russo defeated Giovanna Fioretti and Sarah Jurakova (McNeese), 8-2.
Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. CT, while singles will be played at 12 p.m. All matches will be played at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium in Tuscaloosa.