March 6, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 20 Auburn women’s tennis team looks to continue their undefeated start in SEC play as the Tigers travel to No. 45 Arkansas on Friday for a 12 p.m. match in Fayetteville, Ark., and face No. 47 LSU on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La.
The Tigers (12-2, 2-0 SEC) began league play with a 2-0 start for the second straight year, dropping Ole Miss, 5-2, last Friday and Mississippi State on Sunday, 6-1. Auburn has won 13 out of their last 14 matches and has yet to lose the doubles point this season.
The doubles tandems of Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger and Reka Muller/Michala Kucharova are both undefeated with a 9-0 record. Auburn’s doubles pairs have posted a combined 32-4 mark (.889) in dual match play.
Muller leads the Tigers with a 17-8 record in singles, while No. 29 Burgmans is 15-8 in singles overall and opened up SEC play with two victories last weekend. No. 114 Flickinger has provided the Tigers with a 7-1 record in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Arkansas (5-6, 0-2 SEC) dropped a pair of matches to start its SEC schedule. Vanderbilt downed the Razorbacks in Nashville, 6-1, last Friday. Arkansas was swept by Kentucky on Sunday, 4-0, in Lexington, Ky. The Razorbacks’ boast the 38th-ranked doubles pair in the country in Kimberley-Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley.
LSU (7-4, 0-2 SEC) also lost its first two contests in league play last weekend on the road. Kentucky defeated the Tigers, 4-1, on Friday and LSU was swept by eighth-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday, 7-0. The Tigers’ Noel Scott enters the weekend ranked at No. 87 in the latest ITA rankings.
Last season, Auburn defeated both Arkansas and LSU at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Auburn swept LSU, 7-0, at home a year ago and also knocked off Arkansas, 6-1. The Tigers will look to replicate those same results and jump out to a 4-0 start in league play for the second straight year.