Sept. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Five of Auburn’s women’s tennis players will be traveling to the west coast this weekend to begin play in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Auburn’s first competition of the fall season.
This tournament is coming on the heels of the release of the ITA pre-season singles and doubles rankings that featured two Auburn players ranked in singles and two duos on the doubles side. Sophomore Pleun Burgmans was the highest ranked singles player at No. 18, while newcomer Paula de Man found the rankings at No. 93 in singles.
Tomorrow marks the start of pre-qualifying play in singles and doubles for the ITA All-American Championships as sophomore Michala Kucharova and junior Emily Flickinger will both be featured in the singles draw. Any player in the field that wins three consecutive matches in the pre-qualifying draws will advance to the qualifying portion of the tournament. From there, they must win three more consecutive qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the tournament.
“We’re glad to finally get out on the court against outside competition for this fall,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We couldn’t start the fall season at a better tournament than the All-American, so I’m excited to see what’s in store for us and I know our players are ready to go.”
Both Kucharova and Flickinger are coming off seasons of double-digit win totals in singles for the Tigers. For Flickinger, she’s coming off a 23-win season, the second-most on the team last year. Kucharova tallied 11 singles wins a year ago with three coming in conference play.
Flickinger will open her fall tournament campaign tomorrow against the No. 7 seed for the draw, Giuliana Olmos of Southern Cal. Kucharova will face four-seed Kim Stubbe of Arizona.
The remaining three Auburn players featured in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Burgmans, junior Jen Pfiefler and senior Jackie Kasler will begin their competition in the coming days. Burgmans is the only Auburn player currently in the main draw for singles, marking the second-straight year that Auburn has had at least one player featured in the main draw for the prestigious tournament.
Pfiefler and Kasler will be taking their No. 23 doubles ranking into the qualifying portion of the tournament and will be looking to advance through three-straight matches to give the Tigers a presence in both championship fields.
All pre-qualifying matches are slated to begin tomorrow in Los Angeles. The qualifying rounds will be played in the days leading up to the main draws which is slated for Oct. 3-6. Eight spots are reserved for the singles qualifiers, while four spots are reserved on the doubles side.
A full recap with complete results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following the pre-qualifying portion of the tournament.