April 4, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's tennis team closes out its home schedule this weekend as it hosts Missouri today at 5 p.m. and No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday at noon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
No. 21 Auburn (15-6, 5-4 SEC) looks to rebound after a pair of losses last weekend on the road at No. 34 Kentucky and No. 10 Vanderbilt. The friendly confines of the Yarbrough Tennis Center have been good to the Tigers all year long where Auburn boasts a 6-2 record.
For the third straight weekend, Auburn faces an opponent ranked inside the top 10 as the Tigers head towards the final stretch of conference play and with the SEC Tournament on the horizon, just two weeks away.
Junior Emily Flickinger leads Auburn with a 12-4 mark in dual match play in singles. Flickinger paired with sophomore Pleun Burgmans have formed one of the league's best doubles tandems with a 13-1 record this season, 6-1 against the SEC.
Senior Jackie Kasler is 4-1 in SEC play in singles and will be playing her final two matches this weekend on her home court. The Tigers will honor Kasler prior to Friday's match versus Missouri. The senior ranks in the top-5 in school history with 71 career singles wins, 74 career doubles victories and 145 combined victories.
Missouri (6-17, 0-9 SEC) has lost three straight heading into Friday's match against Auburn. Cierra Gaytan-Leach leads the Mizzou with an 11-9 record in dual matches, while Rachel Stuhlmann leads the team with a 3-3 record in SEC play.
10th-ranked Texas A&M (14-4, 7-2 SEC) is led in singles by No. 12 Christina Stancu, who is undefeated with a 6-0 record in conference play and 11-3 in 2014. The Aggies' No. 62 Saska Gavrilovska and No. 109 Anna Marmalat are also ranked in the ITA's latest release in singles.
Auburn is 2-0 all-time against Missouri, while the Tigers are 0-4 all-time versus Texas A&M.
Admission is free to all home Auburn tennis matches at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Fans can find live stats on AuburnTigers.com.