Oct. 13, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - New head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner and the Auburn women's tennis program will make their 2011 season debut on Friday morning at the 24th Roberta Allison Fall Classic hosted by the University of Alabama.
Meisner's five entries in the first meet of the fall schedule possess a combined three years of collegiate experience. Junior Plamena Kurteva and sophomore Taylor Cohen will anchor Auburn's selections this week that also includes a trio of freshmen.
"I'm excited to get our fall schedule started against SEC-level competition at Alabama," Meisner said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how our freshmen perform in the first meet of the fall."
In singles action, Kurteva will square off with Northwestern State's Tatiana Larina in the opening round, while Cohen faces West Alabama's Angy Cuellar.
Freshman Jen Pfeifler will make her Auburn debut against Northwestern State's Olga Bashanova. Fellow freshman Emily Flickinger will begin her career with the Tigers against Kristin Lewis from Samford.
Rounding out Auburn's singles entrants will be Jacqueline Kasler, the top seed in the fourth flight, against North Carolina State's Chloe Smith.
Pfeifler and Kasler will team up on the doubles side for the first time since 2010 when they were high school partners. The duo won three-straight Florida high school state titles at Gulf Breeze High School from 2008-10.
They will face the team of Byrony Hunter and Giorgia Pozzan from Houston at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. Additionally, Kurteva and Flickinger will team against Karoline Grymel and Candela Munoz from Troy.
All singles action will begin following the completion of the morning doubles session.
Other teams participating in the tournament include Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Chattanooga, Georgia State, UAH, Troy, West Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern State, Samford, Houston, North Carolina State, Southern Miss and UAB.