Oct. 20, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Auburn women’s tennis continued its strong play on Saturday morning claiming 11 more wins in both the main and consolation draws at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships being held at the Alabama Tennis Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama.
The day was highlighted by strong play from sophomore Jackie Kasler as she racked up three wins in main draw play, two in doubles and one in singles. She paired with fellow Gulf Breeze, Fla., native Jen Pfeifler to advance to Sunday's semifinals in the doubles main draw.
The duo won easily in their first match against Konop/Aimonova from Northwestern State, 8-2, and followed that up with an impressive 8-3 win over Ole Miss' Milutinovic/Rohde Moe.
In main draw singles, Kasler made quick work of Georgiana Patrasc from Mississippi State, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Freshman Pleun Burgmans also played a main draw singles match and fell to top-seeded Alex Guarachi from Alabama, 6-4,7-5. Guarachi and Kasler will battle next in Sunday's singles quarterfinals.
In back draw doubles, the duos of Plamena Kurteva/Michala Kucharova and Emily Flickinger/Burgmans each claimed two victories to guarantee more play on Sunday. Kurteva/Kucharova downed foes from Mississippi State and UAB, while Flickinger and Burgmans dispatched of teams from Jackson State and ULM.
Auburn also had a successful day in the singles consolation draw, winning three matches in straight sets. Freshman Maria Cardenas-Conti defeated Jackson State's Harshini Reddy, 6-0, 6-2, while fellow rookie Ashley Kitchen took out Lien Van Geel of Mississippi State, 6-0, 6-3.
Paulina Schippers then downed Caroline Magnusson of Tulane, 6-4, 6-1, while Flickinger outlasted Silvia Tomova of ULM by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Sunday's action will continue with first serve at 9 a.m. and features two rounds of singles play and one round of doubles matches.
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(2) Jackie Kasler/Jen Pfeifler (Auburn) def. (5-8) Milutinovic/Rohde Moe (Ole Miss), 8-3
(2) Jackie Kasler/Jen Pfeifler (AU) def Konop/Aimonova (NWST), 8-2
Plamena Kurteva/Michala Kucharova (Auburn) def. Faught/Lowther (UAB), 8-4
(5-8) Emily Flickinger/Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) def. Rufyikiri/Krol (Louisiana-Monroe), 8-2
(3) Vyskocilova/Levy (Tulane) def. Paulina Schippers/Maria Cardenas-Conti (AU), 8-3
Plamena Kurteva/Michala Kucharova (AU) def. Patrasc/Flores (MSU), 8-6
(5-8) Emily Flickinger/Pleun Burgmans (SU) def. Martinez/Reddy (JSU), 8-1
Fernandez/Simon (UAB) def. Lauren Levant/Ashley Kitchen (AU), 8-2
(1) Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) def. (9-16) Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) 6-4, 7-5
Jackie Kasler (Auburn) def. (9-16) Georgiana Patrasc (Mississippi State) 6-1, 6-2
Maria Cardenas-Conti (Auburn) def. Harshini Reddy (Jackson State) 6-0, 6-2
Emily Flickinger (Auburn) def. Silvia Tomova (Louisiana-Monroe) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
Ashley Kitchen (Auburn) def. Lien Van Geel (Mississippi State) 6-0, 6-3
Paulina Schippers (Auburn) def. Caroline Magnusson (Tulane) 6-4, 6-1