Feb. 27, 2009
AUBURN - The 25th-ranked Auburn women's tennis team (3-4, 0-0 SEC) will host Mercer and Troy for a Saturday doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers will first take on Mercer at 10 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. match against Troy. Live stats for both matches will be available on auburntigers.com.
"We have two solid opponents coming to town Saturday and we need to really step up our focus and intensity for both matches," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "Mercer is a solid team and will fight very hard. Troy, is extremely talented and they play a great schedule. Our job is to stay in the present and focus on executing our game plan and our shots. We need to come out with much more intensity and discipline in the doubles."
Mercer (2-3) suffered a 6-1 loss to Jacksonville State on Tuesday. The Bears are led by freshman Stephanie Cohen's 4-0 record in singles play. All of Cohen's wins have come in the No. 6 spot.
Troy sports a 3-4 record and is coming off a 4-1 loss at No. 13 Florida last week. Senior Caroline Joaunin leads the Trojans with a 5-1 record in singles play.
The Tigers are coming off of a pair of wins in a doubleheader against UAB and Georgia State on Feb. 21. Auburn first blanked UAB, 7-0, and then dealt Georgia State a 5-2 loss. In all, Auburn won 10-of-11 contested singles matches against UAB and Georgia State and only lost one set against the Blazers.
In the Feb. 24 edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national team rankings, the Tigers moved up two spots from No. 27 to No. 25. Individually, Chifchieva is ranked fifth and Alex Haney is 30th.
Haney boasts a team-best singles record of 5-1. Combined the Tigers are 23-16 in singles play and 7-13 in doubles action.
This weekend's matches will serve as a final tune up before gearing up for the Southeastern Conference schedule. Auburn will take on LSU on March 6 at 4 p.m., at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.