May 29, 2009
AUBURN - Posting an 18-5 record and advancing to her third consecutive NCAA Tournament, Auburn junior Fani Chifchieva was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team on Friday for the third time in her career.
Chifchieva, a native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, played primarily in the No. 1 singles position for the Tigers throughout the season, recording an 18-5 slate and a 7-4 mark in SEC play.
She went on to earn the No. 5 overall seed in the 2009 NCAA Singles Tournament, but fell in the first round to Arizona's Natasha Marks.
To earn a spot on the ITA All-America team, a player must be among the top 16 seeds in NCAA Singles Championships, reach the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championships or finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA Rankings.
Chifchieva met two of the requirements as she was the No. 5 seed in the tournament and finished the season ranked 15th in the nation.
In 2007, Chifchieva became Auburn's first All-American as she advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Singles Tournament. After picking up All-America honors last season, she also now becomes Auburn's first three-time All-American.
Two other Tigers were also recognized in the final ITA rankings. Senior Alex Haney finished the season ranked 30th in the nation in singles after posting a 19-3, 9-1 SEC record. She advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Tournament in her final season on the Plains.
Haney and fellow senior Whitney Chappell also made the final doubles rankings, finishing 15th in the nation with a 10-4 record. The duo also advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round.