April 11, 2013
AUBURN – No. 22 Auburn women’s tennis closes out the regular season this weekend as they host No. 4 Georgia Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. CT and No. 24 Tennessee Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
The Tigers stand at 16-6 and are 6-5 in the SEC. Auburn’s six SEC wins is the most since 2002 and ties for second all-time in program history.
Auburn won eight SEC matches in 1993. Sixteen victories overall is the most since winning 17 in 2008. The Tigers have won 16 or more matches only seven times in the last 30 years.
Auburn has lost six times in 2013 to the No. one, two, eight, 13, 18 and 27 ranked teams, but own wins over eight ranked teams.
The Tigers are led by ITA No. 26 freshman Pleun Burgmans at the top spot. Burgmans’ ranking of 26th is the highest for an Auburn individual since former All-American Fani Chifchieva opened the 2010 season ranked 10th.
Burgmans is the fifth-highest ranked freshman in the country. She is 13-3 in dual matches, 8-2 in conference play with a 6-4 record against nationally ranked opponents.
Burgmans is also part of the No. 10 doubles team alongside senior Plamena Kurteva. The duo is 11-2 on the season and 3-1 against ranked pairs.
Third-ranked Georgia is (17-2, 10-1) coming off a 7-0 win against Arkansas which gave head coach Jeff Wallace his 600th career victory. Wallace is the nation’s winningest active women’s tennis coach.
The Bulldogs are led by No. 8 sophomore Lauren Herring at the top spot. Herring is 12-3 in dual matches, 7-2 in conference play and 19-4 against nationally ranked opponents.
No. 24 Tennessee is (10-8, 7-4 SEC) coming off a 4-0 victory over LSU. The Volunteers have two ranked singles players in No. 21 Brynn Boren and No. 36 Kata Szekely.
Tennessee has the fourth-ranked doubles team in Boren and Szekely. They have won nine straight doubles matches.
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