Feb. 27, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team begins SEC play by hosting No. 32 Ole Miss on Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. and Mississippi State on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Auburn (10-2) has won 10 out of its 11 last matches and finished third at last weekend’s Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., to wrap up non-conference play. The Tigers have used strong doubles play all season long and have yet to lose the point this season in 12 matches.
The Tigers have also won 10 matches before beginning SEC play for the second straight season. Last season, Auburn entered conference play with a 10-1 mark and riding a 10-match winning streak. The Tigers find themselves in a similar situation this year having finished the month of February with a 9-1 record and inside the top 25 for the second straight year after completing their non-conference slate.
No. 114 Emily Flickinger leads the Tigers with a perfect 8-0 record in dual matches in singles, while the junior forms the 26th-ranked doubles tandem with Pleun Burgmans as the pair sports a 7-0 record. Sophomore Michala Kucharova and freshman Reka Muller have provided the Tigers with solid play at No. 2 in the doubles lineup; the duo has a 8-0 record heading into league play.
Burgmans enters SEC action as the 29th-ranked player in country by the ITA in singles, while Muller leads Auburn with a 17-7 record this year on the singles side.
No. 32 Ole Miss (5-1) comes into Friday’s match after a 4-3 win over Memphis on Feb. 23. The Rebels sport two players ranked inside the ITA’s top 125 in singles with Georgiana Patrasac (No. 93) and Caroline Rohde-Moe (No. 124). Auburn is 13-26 all-time against the Rebels, but picked up a 4-3 win on the road last seaso in Oxford.
Mississippi State (8-2) wrapped up non-conference play with a sweep of Alabama A&M and Alcorn State last weekend at home. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 5-1, in Starkville a year ago and Auburn is 25-14 all-time versus Mississippi State.
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