Oct. 23, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Auburn women's tennis team opened the ITA Southern Regional Tournament with a lot of success in Birmingham, Ala., Friday. The Tigers had four advance to the quarterfinal round in singles play, and two doubles teams advance at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion on Samford University's campus.
"I saw a lot of positives today," head coach Tim Gray said. "This was the type of day I've been looking for from the team. It all seemed to click today for a few of them."
Freshman Emily Newton knocked off fifth seeded Emma Levy from Tulane, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1, in her first match of the day, and then downed Alabama's Merritt Emery, 6-4, 6-0.
Maria Archavaleta, a freshman from Urguuay, defeated Samford's Madelie Van Rensburg, 6-0, 6-3, and then 10th seeded Katlin Birns from LSU 7-5, 6-1. Plamena Kurteva opened her day beating Jacksonville State's Juliana Renesto, 6-3, 6-3, and ended the day downing ninth seeded Olga Bazhanova from Northwestern State, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Olivia Bennett beat Tulane's Katie Cecil, 6-3, 6-1, and the defeated seventh seeded Abigail Guthrie from Ole Miss, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, to advance.
Newton will face top seeded Kristi Boxx from Ole Miss Saturday, while Arechavaleta will square off against Tulane's Mariam Kurdadze, Kerteva will play against Ole Miss' Connor Vogel and Bennett will see LSU's Keri Frankenberger in her next round of play.
"Emily and Maria also bounced a seeded doubles team," Gray said. "I couldn't be happier with the results, but it's more about the process as far as I'm concerned."
In doubles play, Newton and Arechavaleta beat a pair from Northwestern State 8-4, and will face Katlin Burns and Yvett Vlaar of LSU Saturday. Taylor Schreimann and Kurteva also defeated a ULM duo 8-6, and will meet sixth seeded Alex Clay and Taylor Lindsay from Alabama in the next round.
"We did many things right today, and it really showed our progress," Gray added. "Tomorrow will be another tough day, but I think they are ready for another big breakthrough."