The Auburn women's tennis team begins its fall season on Friday, Sept. 18, as it travels to the University of Miami for the Miami Fall Invite. Fellow SEC school Vanderbilt, as well as Georgia Tech, Pittsburg and Miami from the ACC and Ohio State will be on hand for the invitational.
"We are really excited about starting the fall season," head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "This tournament has some quality national competition and we hope to get off to a great start."
Auburn is returning three players who are ranked in the preseason ITA rankings. They are led by seniors Pleun Burgmans and Paula de Man who come into the season ranked 29th nationally in doubles.
Transfer Alizee Michaud will look to build on her freshman success as she finished the regular season 15-0 and was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year at Stetson before transferring to Auburn. Micaud is 77th in the preseason ITA rankings.
Sophomore Andie Dikosavljevic returns after leading the team with 20 win in singles competition last season. She will faces Wendy Zhang from Miami in the Orange Singles bracket in Friday's opening round.
Also in the Orange singles will be Burgmans, Michaud and junior Reka Muller. Burgmans and freshman Alannah Griffin will team up in the Orange doubles bracket against Anton-Ohlmeyer and Kurey from Georgia Tech. Joining them in the Orange bracket will be de Man and Michaud who are paired against Tanielian and Zhang from Miami.
In the Green singles bracket will be freshman Sofia Blanno, de Man, Griffin and freshman Caroline Turner. Muller and Turner will face off against Blakely and Ma from Pittsburg in round one of the Green doubles bracket. Blanno and Dikosavljevic will also be in the Green doubles and are matched against Dvorak and Yates from Vanderbilt.
The invitational runs Friday through Sunday. Live stats can be found on the Miami website here.