Auburn Hits the Road for a Pair of Ranked Matches

Feb. 9, 2011

AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 61 Auburn women's tennis team takes to the road for a matchup against No. 15 Florida State on Friday, Feb. 11, before heading to Atlanta, Ga., to square off against No. 14 Georgia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 13.

"These are two solid teams we face this weekend," head coach Tim Gray said. "These are two more opportunities to see how we are progressing. We're a very young team, but we have been working extremely hard since our last match and are anxious to compete."

The Tigers, who are 0-2 on the year, faces Florida State for the 22nd time in history with the Seminoles holding a 19-2 edge. The meeting on Sunday is the 23rd time the Yellow Jackets and Tigers have met with Georgia Tech having the slight advantage 13-9. Last year, the Yellow Jackets came away with a 7-0 victory.

No. 15 Florida State Seminoles
The 2-1 Seminoles are led by senior Katie Rybakova and junior Noemie Scharle. Rybakova, who is ranked 42nd in the nation, is 2-3 on the early season with two of her three losses against ranked opponents. Scharle is ranked 18th nationally and is 2-1 on the spring season. FSU has defeated FIU and Princeton and lost to then-No. 15 Washington.

No. 14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech is currently 3-1 on the year after losing this past weekend to Georgia. The Yellow Jackets won their first three matches of the year against Northwestern, Iowa, and South Florida. Georgia Tech is led by the then-No. 38 singles player in Jillian O'Neill. The junior is currently 2-2 this season.

Last Time Out
The Tigers came away with a pair of losses at the ITA Indoor Qualifier at Ann Arbor, Mich. Auburn lost to then-No. 8 Michigan in the first round of the tournament and followed with a loss to then-No. 46 North Carolina State.

Next Up
The Tigers will host a pair of matches on Saturday, Feb. 19, against Alabama A&M at 10 a.m. and Memphis at 3 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and admission is free.

 

 

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