April 2, 2009
AUBURN - The No. 29 Auburn women's tennis team (11-6, 3-2 SEC) will host a pair of ranked SEC foes in weekend matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers will take on No. 2 Georgia on Friday at 4 p.m., and No. 13 Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and video for both matches can be found on www.auburntigers.com.
Georgia (15-2, 5-1 SEC) boasts four nationally ranked singles players and a top-50 doubles tandem. Freshman Chelsey Gullickson (10-4, 2-2 SEC) ranks ninth in singles and paired with fellow rookie Nadja Gilchrist, the duo (5-2, 3-2 SEC) is listed 37th. Gilchrist (13-4, 5-1 SEC) also ranks 50th in singles. Junior Yvette Hyndman (9-8, 2-4 SEC) and senior Monika Dancevic (10-6, 5-1 SEC) are ranked 34th and 81st, respectively.
The Tigers will be seeking their second regular-season win in three years over the Bulldogs. When Georgia last came to Auburn in 2007, the Tigers registered a 4-3 upset of the nation's top-ranked team and snapped the Bulldogs' 12-match win streak.
The Lady Vols (11-4, 4-2 SEC) will come to the Plains after a Friday match at No. 25 Alabama.
Junior Caitlin Whoriskey (7-7, 3-3 SEC) is the only ranked singles player in the Tennessee lineup. Whoriskey is ranked twice in doubles action, pairing with freshman Natalie Pluskota (7-3, 4-2 SEC) at No. 39 and sophomore Maria Sorbello are 64th.
On Tuesday Auburn registered its seventh shutout of the season with a 7-0 win over Southern Miss on the indoor courts of the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers swept all six singles matches, winning five in straight sets.
Head coach Tim Gray's squad jumped two spots in this week's Campbell's ITA national team rankings from 31st to 29th.
Two-time All-American Fani Chifchieva is the nation's sixth-ranked singles player and Haney is listed 39th. The duo of Haney and Chappell moved up five spots to 34th.