Feb. 12, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 34 Auburn women's tennis team (3-2, 0-0 SEC) is set to play host to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (0-1, 0-0) Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. from City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"This will be a solid match and a good test for us," said head coach Tim Gray. "We need to focus on improving this weekend and this is a good chance to work on some specific areas."
Auburn holds a 2-0 all-time series lead over the Gamecocks, and has never lost a set to Jacksonville St. Auburn has previously defeated the Gamecocks on March 30, 2004, with the most recent victory on Feb. 23, 2008.
Jacksonville State has been affected by weather so far this season, as the Gamecocks have had a pair of matches postponed due to poor weather. In their lone match of the season, Jacksonville State was defeated by 2009 NAIA Runner-up, Auburn University Montgomery 7-0 on Feb. 2. Raphaela Wenzel was the Gamecock that came the closest to a victory, as she was defeated by Nathalie Sienkob 7-6, 7-6.
Auburn is coming off of a perfect match on Feb. 6 against Alabama A&M, as Auburn shutout the Bulldogs 7-0.
Auburn is led by three-time All-American Fani Chifchieva (4-1), who enters the meet ranked No. 71 in the nation in singles action. A pair of freshman have combined for Auburn's top doubles team in the third flight, as Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers have combined for a 5-0 record so far this season. Also performing well for Auburn in singles action has been senior Myrthe Molenveld (3-2). Molenveld picked the first victory of her career at No. 1 singles against Bulldog Te'Isha Mixon, 6-0, 6-0.
As a team, Auburn is 16-13 on the season in singles action, and are 10-5 in doubles play.
Live stats will be available via AuburnTigers.com.