AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women’s tennis doubles tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger will be making a return trip to the NCAA Championships, this time as a national seed.
The sixth-ranked doubles pair in the country was awarded an at-large bid by the NCAA on Wednesday and selected as a No. 5-8 seed for the tournament, which runs May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.
“We’re very proud of Pleun and Emily for making the doubles draw,” head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “Last year, they put together some of their best tennis to advance to the semifinals, something no doubles team had ever done before at Auburn. They’re very deserving of a national seed and have continued to make an impact for us on the court throughout this season.”
By virtue of being at top-8 seed in the 32-team doubles draw, Burgmans and Flickinger have also received All-America honors for the second straight season. The pair is the first Auburn doubles duo to ever earn back-to-back All-America selections in school history.
Burgmans and Flickinger lead Auburn with a 23-10 overall record in doubles this season. The pair is 12-7 at the No. 1 line in dual matches and has posted an impressive 7-4 mark in SEC play.
Earlier this season, Flickinger set the school record for doubles victories with 93, while Burgmans recently picked up All-SEC Second Team honors.
The duo made a historic run at the NCAA Championships a year ago, becoming the first Auburn doubles team to advance to the semifinals at the national tournament. Burgmans and Flickinger became the first Auburn doubles tandem to earn All-America honors since 2007 and finished the year ranked No. 10 in the country by the ITA.
The selection also marks the third straight appearance at the NCAA Individual Championships for Burgmans in the doubles draw.
Auburn travels to Palo Alto, Calif., for its opening-round match of the NCAA Team Championships and will take on No. 19 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. CT on Friday, May 8 at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford University.
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