May 8, 2009
AUBURN - The No. 33 Auburn women’s tennis team is set to face No. 18 Florida State in Saturday’s first round of NCAA Tournament action at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers and Seminoles aquare off at 2 pm. EST.
The NCAA Tournament berth is the sixth overall for Auburn, but the third for head coach Tim Gray, who is in only his fourth year on the Plains.
"We've been playing well and are excited about playing at NCAAs," said Auburn women's tennis head coach Time Gray. "Florida State is going to be a tough first round opponent but we've played some tough teams this year and beaten some of them."
The Tigers currently hold an 11-12 record (3-7 in SEC play) in 2009 while Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament with a 16-7 overall record and finished fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 7-4 mark.
Auburn and Florida State are not strangers, having faced each other 20 times over the years, but the Seminoles have a dominating 18-2 advantage in the series. The last meeting between the squads came last season with Auburn suffering a 5-2 loss in Tallahassee, Fla. Auburn's last win over the Seminoles came in a 4-3 victory during the 2002 season.
Leading the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament will be junior Fani Chifchieva and senior Alex Haney. Chifchieva is ranked sixth in the country in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with a 15-5 record. Haney, who plays No. 2 singles behind No. 1 Chifchieva, is ranked 26th in the nation with a 17-3 record.
Haney is also ranked in doubles as she and senior Whitney Chappell make up the 14th-ranked doubles team in the country with a 10-3 mark.
Tickets may be purchased in advance or on each day of the tournament. An All-Session Pass is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, college students, and children under 17. Single Day tickets for Saturday are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, college students and children under 17. Single Day tickets for Sunday are $3 for everyone.
Additional event information can be accessed via www.gatorzone.com.