March 13, 2013
TUSCALOOSA – No. 17 Auburn women’s tennis hopes to run its winning streak to 15 on Friday when it faces No. 8 Alabama at 5 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
“It’s exciting to continue a huge rivalry like the one Auburn has with Alabama,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “But despite that we have to treat it like any other match and maintain our focus. We are looking forward to the match and the big challenge with playing a highly-ranked opponent.”
The Tigers (14-1) are 4-0 for the first time in SEC play since 1993 thanks to wins over LSU and Arkansas last weekend. The 7-0 victory over LSU was the first shutout win by Auburn in series history.
Auburn’s four wins surpasses last season’s SEC win total of three. It also marks just the 13th time the Tigers have won four or more conference matches.
Leading the way for Auburn is freshman Pleun Burgmans. Ranked No. 51 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Burgmans holds a record of 15-4 overall, including 9-1 in dual matches – playing exclusively at the top spot in the lineup.
She is 3-2 against nationally ranked opponents. Burgmans teams with senior Plamena Kurteva to rank 54th. The tandem is 8-1 this season.
Kurteva is also enjoying a strong senior season with a 9-1 mark in dual matches. She has clinched four victories with wins at No. 6.
Alabama(12-1, 4-0) is ranked eighth nationally and enters Friday’s match as the winner of eight-straight matches. The Crimson Tide’s lone loss of the season was a 4-1 decision against 10th-ranked Northwestern on February 8.
Junior Mary Anne Macfarlane is ranked 25th nationally and is 14-10 this season, including 6-5 in ranked matches. She is part of the ITA No. 6 duo along with senior Alexa Guarachi. The pair is 7-2 in dual matches and has earned five wins over ranked opponents this season.
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