Oct. 21, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior Jackie Kasler and sophomore Jen Pfeifler advanced to Monday’s final in the doubles ‘A’ draw on Sunday with a 9-7 win over Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran from Mississippi State in Sunday action at the ITA/USTA Southern Regional hosted by the University of Alabama.
The Auburn duo fell behind 1-6 in the semifinal match with Perper/Tran, but battled back to tie and ultimate earn the 9-7 victory. A win on Monday over Alabama’s top-seeded Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane would send Kasler and Pfeifler to 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flush, N.Y. on Nov. 8-11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Other doubles action in the back draw pitted two Auburn teams against one another. The duo of Emily Flickinger and Pleun Burgmans defeated Plamena Kurteva and Michala Kucharova, 8-1. With the victory, Flickinger and Burgmans will face LSU’s Kaitlin Burns and Ariel Morton in Monday’s back draw final.
Kasler had her run in the main singles draw come to a close with a semifinal loss to top-seeded Guarachi of the Crimson Tide, 6-3, 6-3. More intra-team action included freshman Maria Cardenas-Conti out-lasting Flickinger 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-7. The other match featured another freshman, Ashley Kitchen, defeating senior Paulina Schippers, 6-2, 4-6, 12-10.
The wins by Flickinger and Kitchen advanced the two Auburn players into a semifinal showdown in the consolation draw semifinals. In the match, Kitchen once again out-lasted a teammate through three sets for a 7-6 (5), 1-6, 10-8 victory.
The Hilton Head, S.C. native will now face Tulane’s Emma Levy in the consolation draw final.
Action on Monday for Auburn’s two doubles teams and Kitchen begins at 9 a.m. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUwomenstennis.
Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Jackie Kasler/Jen Pfeifler (Auburn) def. (5-8) Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (Mississippi State) 9-7
Emily Flickinger/Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) def. Plamena Kurteva/Michala Kucharova (Auburn) 8-1
Singles – Quarterfinals (A Draw – Main and Consolation)
(1) Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) def. Jackie Kasler (Auburn) 6-3, 6-3
Maria Cardenas-Conti (Auburn) def. Emily Flickinger (Auburn) 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-7
Ashley Kitchen (Auburn) def. Paulina Schippers (Auburn) 6-2, 4-6, 12-10
Ashley Kitchen (Auburn) def. Maria Cardenas-Conti (Auburn) 7-6(5), 1-6, 10-8