May 8, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis team opens the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships against Winthrop on Friday at 9 a.m. CT at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex in Clemson, S.C.
The Tigers (16-10) are making back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time since the 2008-2009 season, as well as the eighth overall postseason appearance in school history. No. 13 Clemson and UNC-Wilmington join Auburn and Winthrop at the Clemson Regional. Auburn has never faced Winthrop or UNC-Wilmington, while the Tigers are 3-9 all-time versus Clemson.
“I think we’re ready to go and as long as we don’t get in our way we’ll be good to go when we take the court,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “It’s exciting that we get to stay close to home, but (Clemson) is a place we’ve never been before. Winthrop is a good team, obviously, but we don’t know a lot about them. For us, I think it’s a fresh, exciting start. It will be a challenge, but we haven’t played a lot of these teams before which I think is a nice setup for us.”
Auburn has recorded 35 wins in the last two seasons under Meisner, the most in a two-year period by a head coach in program history. Sophomore Pleun Burgmans earned her second straight selection to the All-SEC First Team, while junior Emily Flickinger was named to the All-SEC Second Team. The duo has formed Auburn’s top doubles tandem this year, posting a 16-2 record in dual matches.
Last season, Auburn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships by defeating St. Mary’s, 4-2, in Berkley, Calif. The Tigers ultimately fell in the second round, dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 7 seed California on the Bears' home court.
The winner of the Auburn-Winthrop match will advance to face the winner of Clemson-UNC-Wilmington on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT with a chance to advance to the Sweet 16. Live results for each match can be found at the link above.
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