March 27, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 20 Auburn women’s tennis team takes to the road for a pair of key SEC matches, traveling to No. 34 Kentucky on Friday at 10 a.m. before taking on No. 10 Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Auburn (15-4, 5-2 SEC) is off to its best start in school history and in league play heading into this weekend’s pair of contests. The Tigers rebounded on Sunday after a 4-0 loss to No. 5 Florida last Friday, to take down South Carolina, 4-1, indoors at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers enter the weekend fifth in the SEC standings.
In singles, No. 75 Emily Flickinger leads the team with a 12-2 record in dual matches, including a 10-2 mark at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Senior Jackie Kasler has continued to play well for the Tigers in the bottom half of the lineup and is 9-3 in dual matches this year. Sophomore Pleun Burgmans enters play at No. 32 in ITA singles rankings with a 7-6 dual match record.
Burgmans and Flickinger are ranked at No. 19 in doubles by the ITA heading into this weekend’s pair of contests. The duo is 13-0 in dual matches this season, playing exclusively at No. 1, while the tandem is 5-0 against SEC opponents.
Kentucky (14-5, 4-3 SEC) enters the weekend on a three-match losing skid. The Tigers swept the Wildcats in last year’s match at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, 4-0. Kentucky’s Nadia Ravita is the Wildcats’ lone player ranked by the ITA in singles at No. 65. Kelsey Wieters and CeCe Witten are ranked 74th in doubles for the Wildcats.
Vanderbilt (14-4, 7-1 SEC) defeated previously unbeaten Georgia, 4-2, last Sunday. The Commodores have five singles players and four doubles tandems in the latest ITA rankings. Frances Altwick leads Vanderbilt with a 13-3 record in dual match play and is ranked at No. 67 in the latest poll. Sydney Campbell (No. 68), Marie Casares (No. 85), Georgina Sellyn (No. 91) and Courtney Colton (No. 99) are all ranked in singles.