Aug 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior Emily Flickinger reached the doubles final of the 2013 ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships this week, capping four days of tennis competition for her along with fellow junior Jen Pfeifler and senior Jackie Kasler.
Flickinger, who teamed up with Alabama’s Emily Zabor in the doubles bracket, won four matches to lead into the championship match, including the semifinal match against Kasler and Pfeifler.
On the final day, the Flickinger and Zabor pair were pitted against Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Flickinger and Zabor battled back to win the next four games and looked to have momentum. However, the early deficit proved too much as Kurey and Woodard captured the title with an 8-4 victory.
“This was a good tournament for Jackie, Emily and Jen,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “Being able to play against good competition like this before getting on campus and starting the season helps in the long run. All three girls were able to get some wins under their belt over the last four days and when they come in here and start practicing, they’ll be able to hit the ground running.”
Kasler and Pfeifler were actually the top seed in the doubles competition and looked to have a good road into the championship match, winning their first two matches, 8-0 and 8-4, after a first round bye. They dropped their semi-final match with Flickinger and Zabor, 8-4.
All three Auburn players also competed in singles competition over the weekend. Pfeifler reached the second round of competition with one victory, while Kasler advanced to the third round with also one victory and a first round bye.
Flickinger advanced the furthest in singles play, reaching the fourth round after two victories before dropping her match with Florida’s Alex Cercone, 7-6, 7-5.
The Auburn women’s tennis team will begin its 2013-14 season with its first fall tournament at the UNLV Fall Invitational, starting on Sept. 20.