Jan. 29, 2010
AUBURN- The No. 35 Auburn women's tennis team started off the 2010 ITA Kickoff in Los Angeles on a positive note, defeating No. 28 LSU 4-0 in the opening round of the 2010 ITA Kickoff in an event hosted by the University of Southern Cal.
"This is a very solid win against a very solid team," said head coach Tim Gray of his team's performance.
Auburn captured the doubles point for the second time this season, as seniors Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath teamed up in No. 2 doubles to down Kaitlin Burns and Nicole Cantor 8-4. Auburn secured the doubles point when the No. 3 doubles team of Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers defeated Hannah Robinson and Ebie Wilson of LSU 8-5.
Chifchieva entered the match ranked No. 71 in the nation, and defeated the 120th-ranked player in the land in Whitney Wolf, 6-4, 6-2. Molenveld secured a win at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kantor, while Schippers defeated Robinson after dropping the first set to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-2.
"LSU is consistently one of the best teams in the country. We did an exceptional job in both the doubles and singles. I'm very proud of the way we bounced back from the Georgia Tech match. We showed a lot of character today," said Gray.
Auburn will take on the winner of the No. 9 USC vs. San Diego matchup that is in progress.
(1) Frankenberger/Wolf (LSU) def. Molenveld/Thornton (AUB) - 8-6
(2) Chifchieva/Hastenrath (AUB) def. Burns/Kantor (LSU) - 8-4
(3) Kurteva/Schippers (AUB) def. Robinson/Wilson (LSU) - 8-5
(1) #71 Fani Chifchieva (AUB) def. #120 Whitney Wolf (LSU) - 6-4, 6-2
(2) Myrthe Molenveld
(AUB) def. Nicole Kantor (LSU) - 6-3, 6-4*
(3) Keri Frankenberger (LSU) vs. Caroline Thornton (AUB) - 6-4, 4-5 susp.
(4) Kaitlin Burns (LSU) vs. Daniela Vukadinovic (AUB) - 7-6, 3-4 susp.
(5) Paulina Schippers (AUB) def. Hannah Robinson (LSU) - 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
(6) Ebie Wilson (LSU) vs. Jil Hastenrath (AUB) - 5-7, 2-4 susp.