Jan. 24, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis team begins the 2014 dual match season on the road at No. 17 Texas in the ITA Women’s Kick-off Weekend at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend features 15 host sites with four teams at each site vying to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The team at each site who wins both matches advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which is hosted in Houston, Texas from Feb. 14-17.
Joining the Tigers at the two-day event are No. 22 Rice, No. 24 Florida State and host Texas. Auburn will open the action on Saturday against the Longhorns at 10 a.m. CT.
Seven letterwinners return from last season’s 19-9 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers look to build off momentum from the fall season, which saw Auburn qualify four players for the ITA/USTA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Auburn brings back the reigining SEC Freshman of the Year and ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year Pleun Burgmans. Burgmans posted 16-3 mark playing No. 1 singles as a freshman and advanced to the NCAA tournament in both singles and doubles. The sophomore is ranked No. 12 in the ITA singles rankings.
On the doubles side, Auburn brings two ranked doubles squad into the season as Burgmans and junior Emily Flickinger are currently ranked No. 17 in the ITA rankings, while the duo of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller come in at No. 60. Senior Jackie Kasler and junior Jen Pfeifler give the Tigers another formidable doubles tandem as the pair competed in the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November.
Saturday’s match against Texas marks the first-ever meeting between the Tigers and Longhorns. Florida State holds a 2-21 advantage over Auburn, while the Tigers lead Rice 1-0 in just one meeting.
The Tigers host their home opener on Feb. 1 with a doubleheader against Alabama A&M and Troy. Auburn will face Alabama A&M to begin the day at 11 a.m. and complete play against Troy, starting at 5 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.