April 15, 2010
AUBURN- The No. 52 Auburn women's team (9-9, 3-7) will host the No. 73 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-11, 2-8) on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. from the City of Auburn/Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match is Auburn's final home match of the season and will serve as Senior Night for Auburn's Heather Bybee, Fani Chifchieva, Jil Hastenrath and Myrthe Molenveld. The match will also coincide with Auburn's A-Day festivities.
Auburn moves up five spots in the ITA team rankings from 57th to 52nd after splitting last weekend's action. The Tigers fell to No. 18 Ole Miss on April 9 by a 4-3 tally. The match was highlighted by the Auburn doubles team of Myrthe Molenveld and Paulina Schippers knocking off the No. 13 doubles team in the nation in Kristi Boxx and Karen Njissen by an 8-5 count.
On Sunday, the Tigers rebounded with a 6-1 win over No. 66 Mississippi State, as Auburn won all three doubles matches on the afternoon and were victorious in five of six singles matchups.
As a team, Auburn holds an even team singles record of 51-51 and are 32-22 in doubles action. The Tigers sit in fourth place in the SEC West standings, a match behind LSU and a match ahead of Alabama. Chifchieva has a singles record of 11-4 on the season, and has partnered with fellow senior Jil Hastenrath and form a 11-5 mark in doubles play. Auburn will enter the match with a ranked doubles team for the first time this season, as Molenveld and Schippers are ranked No. 79 in the country with a record of 3-1 overall and are 2-0 in No. 1 doubles.
Auburn faced the Crimson Tide on two occasions last season in Tuscaloosa within a week of each other on April 18 and April 23. The first meeting was the final regular-season meeting of the 2009 campaign for both squads, as the Tide bested the Tigers by a 4-3 count. Five days later, Alabama shutout Auburn 4-0 in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on April 23.
Alabama leads the all-time series, 24-17. Auburn picked up its last victory over Alabama on April 12, 2008 in Auburn, as the Tigers took the matchup, 6-1.
Alabama split its final home weekend of the regular season, defeating No. 66 Mississippi State 5-2 and falling 4-1 to No. 18 Mississippi. On April 9 against Mississippi St., Alabama picked up the early lead after securing the doubles. The Tide then added an additional four points in singles to capture the overall dual match.
Guarachi is the lone singles player ranked, as she comes in at No. 60 in the most recent ITA singles poll. Guarchi also pairs with McLane to form the No. 17 doubles team in the country.
Following this weekend's match with Alabama, the Tigers will travel to Athens, Ga., for the 2010 SEC Championship. Seeds will be determined following the conclusion of Saturday's matches.
Live Stats will be available via AuburnTigers.com for each match. Admission is free for all Auburn women's tennis matches.