May 21, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 2009 Auburn women's tennis season ended Thursday with a pair of losses in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship. Senior Alex Haney fell in the second round of the singles tournament while she and fellow senior Whitney Chappell lost in the first round of the doubles tournament.
The 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles/Doubles Championships are held May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University. Singles play commenced on Wednesday while first-round doubles action kicks off on Thursday morning. Finals for both singles and doubles are set for Monday, May 25.
Playing Stanford's Hilary Barte in the second round of the singles championship, Haney was primed to pull off the upset after winning the first set, 7-5. But, Barte, ranked seventh in the nation, stormed back in the next two sets for 6-4, 6-2 wins over No. 28 Haney for the bid into the Sweet 16.
Barte, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, improves to 23-1 on the season while Haney falls to 18-4. Barte will play Florida's Marrit Boonstra in the Sweet 16.
Haney returned to the court a few hours later to team up with Chappell in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament. The Tiger duo, ranked 12th in the nation, took the first set to a tiebreaker, but lost the point 7-4 to the No. 7 team of Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova (California) for the 7-6 loss. The Golden Bears kept rolling in the second set for the 6-3 set and match victory.
Andersson and Juricova will take on Miami's Michaela Kissell and Laura Vallverdu in the second round after improving to 7-1 on the season. Haney and Chappell fell to 10-4 in the final match as Tigers.
For additional information on the NCAA Tennis Tournament, including match times, brackets and live stats, go to www.AggieAthletics.com.