March 29, 2013
AUBURN - ITA No. 36 freshman Pleun Burgmans earned ranked wins in both doubles and singles, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers who suffered their first loss at home to No. 19 Vanderbilt, 5-2, Friday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
"A lot of credit goes to Vanderbilt they are a really tough and talented team," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "They came out after the doubles point and rebounded well. They took it to us, and we just came out flat. I was happy about the way we played doubles. We could see everything that we worked on in practice. We came out flat in singles, and in order for us to beat a very good team you have to come out from the get go and play two sets. We hope to rebound against Kentucky, and learn from our mistakes."
With the loss, Auburn moves to 14-5 for the season and 4-4 in conference play.
In doubles, the pair of sophomore Emily Flickinger and junior Jackie Kasler opened the day with an 8-5 victory over Vanderbilt's Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares on court two.
Clinching the doubles point for the Tigers was the No. 26 team of the freshman Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva winning 8-6 over the No. 18 tandem of Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton at the top spot.
The point was Auburn's 15th doubles win of the season.
In singles, Kasler was defeated by Antal 6-3, 6-1 on court five. At the No. 4 position, sophomore Jen Pfeifler fell 4-0, 6-4 to No. 83 Georgina Sellyn.
Additionally, Kurteva was beaten by Frances Altick 6-3, 6-4 on court six.
No. 36 Burgmans defeated No. 61 Mira 6-2, 7-6 at the top spot for Auburn's second point.
Vanderbilt's Courtney Colton clinched the match for the commodores defeating freshman Michala Kucharova
6-2, 2-6, 6-0 at the No. 3 position.
Auburn's two seniors Paulina Schippers and Kurteva were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
The Tigers will return to action Sunday, March 31 as they take on No. 47 Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
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