March 20, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 20 Auburn women’s tennis team closes out a three-match homestand with a pair of contests this weekend at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, hosting No. 5 Florida on Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 56 South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Eager to get back on the court, 20th-ranked Auburn (14-3, 4-1 SEC) looks to rebound after dropping its first match in conference play to No. 8 Alabama last Friday at home, 4-2.
Senior Jackie Kasler has been strong in conference play, holding a 4-1 record against conference foes this year. Kasler is also 8-2 in her last 10 matches. Junior Emily Flickinger boasts an 11-2 record in dual matches, including a 9-2 mark at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
In doubles, Pleun Burgmans and Flickinger are undefeated in dual matches at 11-0 and 4-0 in SEC play. The tandem continues to be ranked 12th in the nation in doubles by the ITA. Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller are ranked 46th heading into this weekend’s pair of matches and is 11-1 in dual matches this year.
Fifth-ranked Florida (12-3, 4-1) is also coming off its first loss in league play after the Gators fell to Georgia last Sunday, 4-2. The Gators have six players ranked by the ITA, including No. 8 Olivia Janowicz. No. 22 Alex Cercone, No. 23 Brianna Morgan, No. 38 Sofie Oyen, No. 44 Stephanie Wagner and No. 78 Belinda Woolcock are all ranked by the ITA for Florida.
South Carolina (10-6, 1-4 SEC) is coming into the weekend on a four-match losing streak and faces Alabama on Friday before taking on the Tigers Sunday. The Gamecocks’ No. 95 Brigit Folland and No. 112 Meghan Blevins enter play ranked in singles by the ITA.
Admission is free for all home Auburn tennis matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Live stats will also be available for both matches.