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Women's tennis opens up season with 20 wins at Miami Fall Invite
Sept. 20, 2015

The Auburn women's tennis team turned in a stellar performance to begin the 2015-16 season, combining for 20 wins at the Miami Fall Invitational.

"This was a good start to our season," head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. "We faced good competition and I like how we played."

No. 47 Pleun Burgmans got Auburn's season off to a hot start with a second place finish in the Orange singles bracket. Burgmans opened the tournament with 6-2, 6-2 wins over Pittsburg's Carina Ma and Vanderbilt's Ellie Yates. After picking up her third win in the Orange bracket semifinals, she fell to Miami's Yolimar Ogando in the finals.

Sophomore Alizee Michaud finished with a third place finish in the Orange singles bracket, ending the weekend 3-1 for Auburn. After beating Georgia Tech's Alexas Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round, No. 77 Michaud took down No. 63 Clementina Riobueno from Miami in three sets 5-7, 7-6, 6-2. Michaud beat Gabriella De Santis from Ohio State 6-0, 7-6 in the third place match.

In the Orange consolation bracket, junior Reka Muller advanced to the consolation finals after an opening round loss to No. 49 Frances Altick from Vanderbilt on Friday. She finished the weekend 2-2.

In the Green singles bracket, fourth seeded Paula de Man started with an opening round 6-1, 6-4, win over Vanderbilt's Summer Dvorak, but fell in a three set heartbreaker to Alexis Prokopuik from Georgia Tech (6-1, 6-7, 1-6). de Man capped off the weekend with a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 win in the main draw consolation game.

Freshman Alannah Griffin also turned in a strong performance in her first action for Auburn, losing in the Green consolation final to Ana Madcur from Miami.

In Orange doubles action, de Man and Michaud beat Burgmans and Griffin 6-4 in the consolation final. Both teams battled back to reach the finals after opening round losses.

In Green doubles action, Muller and freshman Caroline Turner started off on a high note. After picking up a first round 6-0 win, the pair knocked off top seeded Rasheeda McAdoo and Prokopuik from Georgia Tech 6-2 to advance to the finals.

Freshman Sofia Blanno and sophomore Andie Dikosavljevic lost in the Green consolation finals after advancing with a 6-1 win over Pittsburg's Natsumi Okamoto and Grabriela Rezende.

Up next for Auburn is the Riviera/ITA Women's All America in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Oct. 3-11. Burgmans will represent Auburn in the in the qualifying singles and will also pair with fellow senior de Man in the qualifying doubles. Sophomores Micahaud and Dikosavljevic will both compete in pre-qualifying singles.

Complete results can be found here.



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