April 9, 2009
AUBURN - The No. 30 Auburn women's tennis team (11-8, 3-4 SEC) will hit the road for a pair of Southeastern Conference matches this weekend. The Tigers will first travel to Columbia, S.C., to face the No. 24 Gamecocks on Friday at 1 p.m. Auburn will then head to No. 21 Florida for a 12 p.m., contest on Sunday.
South Carolina (8-11, 4-4 SEC) is coming off a 5-2 loss at LSU and a 5-2 victory at Arkansas last weekend. Ana Marija Zubori, ranked 52nd nationally in singles, owns a Gamecock team-best record of 16-2, 7-1 with all matches played at the No. 2 position. South Carolina's other ranked singles player, No. 59 Gira Schofield is 11-8, 3-5 on the season in the No. 1 spot. The doubles team of Natasa Vuckovic and Zubori are 11-6, 4-4 at the top spot for the Gamecocks and are ranked 63rd.
The Gators (10-8, 4-4 SEC) will host Alabama on Friday before hosting the Tigers on Sunday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Florida has a trio of nationally ranked singles players and two sets of doubles teams listed among the country's best. Marrit Boonstra is the highest ranked Gator, coming in eighth with a singles record 15-2, 6-2 with all of her matches in the No. 1 spot. Ranked 38th is Anastasia Revzina, who is 13-2, 7-0 as the No. 2 singles player.
On the doubles side of things, the Florida duo of Jessica Alexander and Revzina is ranked 43rd and has had matches in both the No. 1 and 2 spot for a combined record of 12-4, 5-2. Megan Alexander and Boonstra are listed at No. 21, but only have a 4-2 and have not played a conference match together.
Auburn suffered a pair of league losses last weekend, dropping 5-2 matches to both No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 Tennessee. Senior Alex Haney was the only Tiger to win all four of her matches. All-American Fani Chifchieva picked up a pair of singles victories in the No. 1 position.
The Tigers have a pair of ranked singles players and have a ranked doubles team. Haney is ranked 39th in singles action and leads the team with a 14-2, 6-1 singles mark. Her and 34th-ranked doubles partner Whitney Chappell are 8-2, 4-2. Chifchieva is ranked sixth with a record of 13-4, 6-1 as Auburn's No. 1 singles player.