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No. 27 Auburn to Host UAB and Georgia State Saturday

Feb. 20, 2009


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The 27th-ranked Auburn women's tennis team will host UAB and Georgia State for a Saturday doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers will first take on UAB at 10 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. match against Georgia State. Live stats for Saturday's match will be available on

"We have two solid opponents in this weekend and we recently saw them both here in Auburn in January," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "I'm sure both teams will be focused and ready to play. We were a little disappointed after some of our recent close losses, but the team has bounced back during the last two weeks of training, and I feel we are eager to compete."

The Tigers (1-4, 0-0 SEC) are returning to action after being idle last week and will look to get back on a winning track. Auburn lost back-to-back road matches to Texas A&M, 5-2, and TCU, 4-3.

In the Feb. 19, edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national rankings, a trio of Auburn players appear in the top 125. Two-time All-American Fani Chifchieva is ranked fifth. All-Americans on the doubles court, Alex Haney and Melissa Koning are listed 30th and 72nd in singles action, respectively. In doubles play, Haney and Koning are ranked 22nd.

Haney and Koning each own a 4-1 mark in singles play. Early in her senior campaign, Haney has already upended three opponents ranked higher than her, highlighted by a three-set victory over 10th ranked Josipa Bek of Clemson at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. After losing her first match of the spring season, Koning has bounced back to win four straight.

UAB (1-1) enters the weekend fresh off its first dual match victory of the year Monday against Jacksonville State. Giorgia Romeo, Brittany DeFelice and Jenny Cape all won singles matches in straight sets as the Blazers handed the Gamecocks a 6-1 defeat.

Georgia State (3-2) is coming off of a 6-1 win over Samford last weekend. No. 66 Diana Nakic, the Panthers' only ranked player, sports a 5-0 record as the No. 1 singles player to lead the team. A pair of players, Dariana Kozmina and Martina Nitkova, are each 4-1 in the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively.



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