April 10, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 24 Auburn women’s tennis team hits the road for its final weekend of the regular season, taking on No. 31 Tennessee on Friday at 3 p.m. CT before traveling to face No. 8 Georgia on Sunday at noon CT.
“Tennessee is a young team, but they have a couple of good, young players. They struggled in the beginning, but it will be a tough trip for us,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “They are known for their doubles and for us to be succesful we are going to need start the match off with a lot of confidence, winning the doubles point. It will be a hostile environment, Tennessee is always a tough place to play.”
“Georgia is Georgia. They are extremely talented and very deep. It’s one of those things where we can’t put the pressure on ourselves. …We want to play as well as we can and fight them and see what we can do against them,” Meisner said.
The Tigers (16-7, 6-4 SEC) split a pair of matches against Missouri and No. 10 Texas A&M at home indoors last weekend. Auburn opened up play with a 4-0 sweep of Missouri on April 4, before falling 4-2 to Texas on April 6.
Senior Jackie Kasler finished the weekend with a combined 4-0 record on the weekend, picking up a pair of wins in singles and doubles. Teamed together with junior Jen Pfeifler in doubles, the pair posted wins at the No. 2 line for the Tigers to move their record to 10-5 in dual match play.
In singles, Kasler improved her record to 11-3 in dual match play, 6-1 in against conference foes with a pair of straight set victories at No. 5. The senior now has 149 career combined victories, with 73 singles wins and 76 doubles victories.
Sophomore Pleun Burgmans is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA release, while junior Emily Flickinger is No. 105 in singles. Flickinger leads the club with a 12-4 record in singles, while the junior and Burgmans form Auburn’s top doubles team, ranked 14th in the nation, with a 14-2 record.
Tennessee (11-10, 5-6 SEC) has won four out of its last five matches heading into Friday’s match. The Volunteers’ Eve Repic is ranked 75th in singles in the nation with a 11-8 record in dual match, while the tandem of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams moved to No. 90 in doubles, with a 4-1 record in the SEC at No. 1 doubles.
Last season, Auburn defeated Tennessee, 4-1, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, earning the program’s first win over the Vols since 1994.
Georgia (17-3, 10-1 SEC) has four players ranked in both singles and doubles by the ITA. The Bulldog’s Maho Kowase and Lauren Herring rank as the second-best doubles team in the country. Herring, Kowase and Silva Garcia also ranked inside the top 25 in singles.
Live stats for both matches can be found on AuburnTigers.com.