March 29, 2012
AUBURN - No. 62 Auburn women's tennis welcomes in a pair of SEC opponents in No. 2 Florida and No. 38 South Carolina this weekend.
Auburn (8-7, 3-3) stayed at No. 62 in this week's ITA rankings thanks to a split last weekend. The Tigers knocked off Kentucky at home on Friday, 5-2, then recorded their fourth-straight doubles point in a 5-2 road loss to No. 25 Vanderbilt on Sunday.
The Tigers feature a pair of ranked doubles tandems, as well as a freshman that made her debut in the ITA rankings this week. Jen Pfeifler debuts as the ITA's No. 118 thanks in part to her first ranked win of the season last Sunday over Vanderbilt's Jackie Wu (ITA No. 34).
Pfeifler and her doubles partner Paulina Schippers are ranked No. 36 by the ITA. The duo has won its last three matches, including a pair of ranked wins over Georgia Tech's ninth-ranked tandem of Jillian O'Neill/Alex Anghelescu and Vandy duo of Wu and Alex Leatu.
Strong doubles play has been key for Auburn of late. The doubles wins against Vanderbilt gave Auburn its third doubles point in a row and fifth in six matches. The Tigers have also won the doubles point in four-of-six SEC matches.
Florida (13-1, 6-0) features six ranked singles players and three ranked doubles teams. The squad is led by ITA No. 1 Allie Will. The sophomore recently eclipsed the 100-win mark for her career and holds a 12-1 record in dual matches this spring.
South Carolina (11-5, 2-4) is led by a trio of ranked singles players and two ranked doubles tandems. Top player Anya Morgina is ranked 35th and holds a record of 10-4 in dual matches this season.
Last season, Auburn fell to both the Gators (4-0) and South Carolina (4-3). All-time, the Tigers hold a 5-24 mark against the Gamecocks and have never defeated Florida (0-33).
Live stats for both matches will be available through AuburnTigers.com. For the latest on Auburn women's tennis follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.