Jan. 26, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Auburn duo Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger secured a ranked doubles win, but No. 68 Auburn women’s tennis fell to host No. 8 North Carolina 4-0 in the opening round of the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
“North Carolina is a good team,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “Had we been more aggressive in doubles and stuck to our gameplan, we had a good chance to get that point. Pleun played excellent and had we played out the matches, she had a great opportunity to get a win. She played a very high level of tennis today.
“We are excited to get back out on the courts tomorrow against DePaul.”
In doubles, the tandem of junior Kasler and sophomoreFlickinger scored a big ranked win over No. 58 Lauren McHale and Tessa Lyons, 8-4.
However, the Tigers came up short and UNC took the doubles point beating out the duos of Pleun Burgmans and Michala Kucharova, 3-8, as well as Paulina Schippers and Jen Pfeifler, 4-8. UNC then secured the match victory with individual wins on court Nos. 3, 5 and 6.
In singles action, Burgmans took the first set, 6-3 against No. 11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti at the No. 1 position, and was leading 4-3 in the second set before match play concluded.
Despite the match being unfinished, Kasler led #21 Whitney Kay 4-3 in the second set.
Auburn will face off against No. 65 DePaul in the consolation match Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. ET. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUwomenstennis.
# 8 North Carolina 4, #68 Auburn 0
1. Pleun Burgmans (AUB) vs. #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
2. Michala Kucharova (AUB) vs. #28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) 4-6, 3-5, unfinished
3. #111 Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Emily Flickinger (AUB) 1-6, 4-6
4. Jackie Kasler (AUB) vs. #21 Whitney Kay (UNC) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
5. #36 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Jennifer Pfeifler (AUB) 2-6, 3-6
6. #101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Plamena Kurteva (AUB) 2-6, 3-6
1. #8 Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Pleun Burmans/Michala Kucharova (AUB) 8-3
2. Jackie Kasler/Emily Flickinger def. #51Lauren McHale/Tessa Lyons (UNC) 8-4
3. Gina Suarez-Malaguti/Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Paulina Schippers/Jennifer Pfeifler (AUB) 8-4
Auburn 0-0; National Ranking #68
North Carolina 2-0; National Ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (5, 3, 6)