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Auburn doubles pair ranked sixth by ITA
Sept. 8, 2014

Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger are ranked No. 6 in the ITA preseason rankings (Zach Bland photo)
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women’s tennis doubles tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger claimed the No. 6 spot in the ITA preseason rankings, released on Monday.
The ranking is the best preseason start for an Auburn doubles team since 2009 when Alex Haney and Melissa Koning began the year at No. 4. Burgmans and Flickinger advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season to earn All-America honors and finished the season as the No. 10 team in the nation. The pair is one of three SEC teams ranked in top 10 by the ITA in the preseason release.
“Anytime you have multiple players ranked to start the season it’s a tremendous honor,” Auburn coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “We still have lots of work to do on the court, but we are excited to begin the new season in a few weeks.”
Burgmans, a two-time All-SEC selection, will go into the new season as Auburn’s highest-ranked singles player at No. 36, after finishing 19-16 overall last year and making her second straight appearance in the NCAA singles draw.
Flickinger starts off the new year at No. 94 in singles after a breakout season in 2014. The senior posted an 18-9 overall record, including a 13-7 mark in dual matches to earn All-SEC second team honors.
Junior Michala Kucharova and sophomore Reka Muller will also go into fall ranked in doubles, as the pair comes in at No. 30. The duo posted 15-3 overall record last year and was 11-1 in dual matches last spring.
Burgmans and Flickinger also earned the opportunity to compete at the Riviera/ITA All-American, marking the third straight season the Tigers have had at least one player entered into the prestigious tournament. Burgmans will compete in the singles for the second straight year, while in doubles she will team up with Flickinger as one of the four SEC pairings in the draw.
The Riviera/ITA All-American is scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Tigers begin the tournament season on Sept. 19 at the University of Miami Fall Invitational.
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