Oct. 23, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's tennis team opened up day one of the 2009 ITA Southern Regional with three singles victories as well as a pair of doubles victories. Play was affected due to rain in the Auburn area, as a majority of the matches on day one were played indoors at Yarborough Tennis Center until the weather improved enough later in the day for play to move outside.
All-American Fani Chifchieva opened up singles play for the Tigers by defeating UAB's Evelien Strijker in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The Tigers' second victory of the day came from Myrthe Molenveld as she downed Mississippi State's Natalia Mayuk 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Plamena Kurteva picked up Auburn's final singles victory of day one as she defeated Soledad Podlipnik of Mississippi State, 6-3, 6-3.
Chifchieva picked up her second win of the day in doubles play, teaming up with Caroline Thornton to defeat the LSU tandem of Kaitlin Burns and Ebie Wilson, 8-5. Molenveld also accounted for a pair of wins on the afternoon, as she and her partner Paulina Schippers defeated Louisiana-Lafayette's Briggitt Marcovich and Julie Mazinova in a tie-break, 9-8 (7-5.)
Day two will commence at 8:30 a.m. with the main doubles draw, followed promptly by consolation and main draw singles. In all, two rounds of singles action and one round of doubles is on tap.
Singles Chifchieva-AU def. Strijker-UAB, 6-4, 6-4 Makarycheva-MSU def. Schippers-AU, 6-4, 6-4 Burns-LSU def. Schreimann-AU, 6-2, 6-1 Pino-UAB def. Bybee-AU, 6-3, 6-2 Molenveld-AU def. Mayuk-MSU, 6-4, 6-1 Kurteva-AU def. Podlipnik-UM, 6-3, 6-3 Tunaru-UA def. Thornton-AU, 6-2, 6-4
Chifchieva/Thornton-AU def. Burns/Wilson-LSU, 8-5
Viera/Vega-Troy def. Kurteva/Hastenrath-AU, 8-3
Molenveld/Schippers-AU def.Mazinova/Marcovich-ULL, 9-8 (5)
Dvorak/Helisten-Tulane def. Chifchieva/Thornton-AU, 8-5
Kantor/Wolf-LSU def. Molenveld/Schippers-AU, 8-3