March 2, 2008
Baton Rouge, La. -
Auburn's Fani Chifchieva won her 10th consecutive match but it was not enough as the 29th-ranked Auburn women's tennis team lost 4-3 to the 34th-ranked LSU Tigers Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge.
Auburn falls to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference, while LSU improved to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in SEC play.
"Today was a heartbreaker," Auburn head coach Tim Gray said. "We are going in the right direction. This just was not one of our better matches. But overall I am proud of how hard our team fought today."
Auburn won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. Alex Haney and Melissa Koning defeated Megan Falcon and Mykala Hedberg 8-1 on court one and Chifchieva and Whitney Chapell picked up an 8-4 win over Tiffany Tucker and Hannah Robinson on court two to claim the point.
In singles play, LSU evened the match at 1-1 when Staten Spencer defeated Auburn's Dunja Djuranovic 6-2, 6-0 on court six. LSU moved ahead 2-1 with Hannah Robinson's 6-2, 6-0 victory over Auburn's Jil Hastenrath on court five.
The match evened at 2-2 when 50th-ranked Chifchieva notched a 6-2, 6-4 win over 15th-ranked Megan Falcon on court one. Auburn took a 3-2 lead after Koning defeated LSU's Tiffany Tucker 6-2, 7-6 (2) on court three.
The match was tied 3-3 after Whitney Chappell was forced to retire due to an injury on court four.
The final match came down to Auburn's Alex Haney and LSU's Mykala Hedberg on court two, in a match that lasted more than three hours. After falling in the first set 7-6 (1), Haney rallied to win the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (2). The home court advantage would prove too tough, however, as Hedberg won the third set 6-4 to clinch the match.
The Tigers will be back in action on March 7, when they host the Ole Miss Rebels at 2 p.m. CT.
1. #50 Fani Chifchieva (AU) def. #15 Megan Falcon (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Mykala Hedberg (LSU) def. Alex Haney (AU) 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4
3. Melissa Koning (AU) def. Tiffany Tucker (LSU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
4. Nicole Kantor (LSU) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 3-6, 7-6 (0), 3-0 (retired)
5. Hannah Robinson (LSU) def. Jil Hastenrath (AU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Dunja Djuranovic (AU) 6-2, 6-0
1. Alex Haney/Melissa Koning (AU) def. Megan Falcon/Mykala Hedberg (LSU) 8-1
2. Fani Chifchieva/Whitney Chappell (AU) def. Tiffany Tucker/Hannah Robinson (LSU) 8-4
3. Nicole Kantor/Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Jil Hastenrath/Gaby Beelen (AU) 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,4,2)