Oct. 3, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Not long after their appearance at the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships over the last week, the Auburn women's tennis team will compete in the Razorback Classic this weekend. Sophomore Pleun Burgmans is still competing at the All-American this week, but four of her teammates will make the trip to Fayetteville for the classic.
Sophomores Paula de Man and Ashley Kitchen, along with freshmen Reka Muller and Lindsey Whitehead will all be competing this week in singles and doubles. It will be the first fall competition of the year for all players and first competition as Tigers for de Man, Muller and Whitehead.
De Man, a transfer from Youngstown State, comes into the year as the 93rd-ranked singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will grace the hard surface for the first time since going 23-1 and finishing on a 16-match winning streak as the Penguins No. 1 player.
As for the only returning player in the field for Auburn, Kitchen is one year removed from a huge 20-5 season in singles with 14 wins coming in the fall. The South Carolina native also tallied six wins in dual play in the spring with one coming in conference play. Kitchen also went 9-3 in doubles play during the 2012-13 year.
Friday's play at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville will start with doubles in the morning at 10 a.m., and then be followed by singles play at 11 a.m. Muller and de Man will team up and face Arkansas' Flavia Araujo and Kristen Mee after first round byes, while Whitehead and Kitchen will go up against Marta Morga and Liza Tymchenko of Memphis.
In singles, Muller will face Polina Konop of Northwestern St., de Man will play Carolina Wegner of Memphis, Kitchen against Arkansas' Brittany Huxley and Whitehead against Nataly Krutova of Northwestern St.