June 13, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's tennis team enjoyed another year of success on the court, earning several program firsts under third-year head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner.
The Tigers finished the year 17-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, before falling on the road to Clemson, 5-0. Despite, the loss, Auburn earned a win in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight, marking the first time the Tigers had earned postseason victories in back-to-back years.
Individually, the program saw sophomore Pleun Burgmans and junior Emily Flickinger make an unprecedented run to the doubles semifinals of the NCAA Championships in May. The duo became the fourth and fifth players in school history to earn All-America honors, respectively. Burgmans and Flickinger joined former Tiger Fani Chifchieva as the only players in school history to advance to the Final Four at the NCAA Championships.
Burgmans and Flickinger were selected to the All-SEC Team for their performances during the season. Burgmans picked up her second straight selection to the All-SEC First Team, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Flickinger picked up her first career all-conference honor after being selected to the All-SEC Second Team.
In the fall, Burgmans and Flickinger also advanced to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, advancing all the way to the consolation semifinals. Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler joined the Burgmans and Flickinger at the prestigious national tournament, giving Auburn four representatives, which tied for the second-most in the nation.
|Kasler in the Record Books|
The Tigers finished second in the ITA Southern Region to end the year. Burgmans completed the season as region's top-ranked singles player, while Flickinger was ranked at No. 11. In doubles, Burgmans and Flickinger were No. 2 behind NCAA Doubles Champions Eric Routliffe and Maya Jansen of Alabama. Jen Pfeifler and Jackie Kasler were also ranked seventh in the final regional doubles rankings.