Two Individuals and Two Doubles Alive at ITA Regionals

Oct. 19, 2013

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AUBURN, Ala. – Sophomore Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger advanced to the ITA Southern Regionals quarterfinals, and two Auburn women’s tennis tandems will be representing the Tigers in the semifinals of the main doubles bracket. Both matches will be played on Sunday morning with the singles draw playing out the semifinals in the afternoon.

“I was very pleased with the tennis and the effort of our entire team,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said following Saturday’s play. “We earned some great wins over nationally and regionally ranked teams and I was proud of the way our team transitioned to playing indoors due to the weather conditions.”

Flickinger took down 28th-ranked Mary Anne Daines, 6-1, 6-3 of Alabama in the round of 16 matches, while Burgmans defeated Noel Scott of LSU, 6-3, 6-4. The pair is also alive in doubles after winning two matches on Saturday. In the round of 16, they breezed to an 8-1 win over UAB’s Paula Castro and Sarah Witkowski and then turned around and beat Tulane’s Ipek Birol and Klara Vyskocilova, 8-5. They will face Alabama’s Daines and Natalia Maynetto.

“Emily’s big win was well-earned and she defeated the 28th-ranked player in the nation with a great effort. I thought Pleun played well and Michalla fought hard in her match, but didn’t come up with the result,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “Our doubles teams turned in great performances as well and hopefully that will setup all-Auburn finals in the championships round in both the singles and doubles draws.”

The 23rd-ranked doubles team of Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfiefler also won their pair of matches on the day beating Michaela Mezarosova and Emily Newton of South Alabama, 8-4 and blanking Louisiana-Monroe’s Medy Blankvoort and Justyna Krol. They will meet Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran in the semis, who downed Auburn’s team of Reka Muller and Michalla Kucharova.

“Hopefully tomorrow we can have an all-Auburn final in the singles and doubles draw. I thought our effort and energy was great and I was proud of the total team effort we displayed on Saturday,” Longbothan-Meisner said.

The rain in Auburn today shortened some of the tournament’s matches, eliminating the back draws for both doubles brackets.

SINGLES
Pleun Burgmans (So., Veldhoven, Netherlands)
Main (R64): W, Lewis (SAM), 6-2, 6-2
Main (R32): W, Guibe (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
Main (R16): W, Scott (LSU), 6-3, 6-4
Quarterfinals: vs. Erin Routliffe (UA) Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Emily Flickinger (Jr., Arlington, Va.)
Main (R64): W, Holloway (LSU), 6-1, 7-5
Main (R32): W, Mastuskova (USA), 6-1, 6-1
Main (R16): W, Daines (UA), 6-1, 6-3
Quarterfinals: vs. El Kamash (MISS), Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Paula de Man (So., Eemens, Netherlands)
Main (R64): L, Milutinovic (MISS), 4-6, 0-6
Consolation (R32): W, Morton (LSU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(2)
Consolation (R16): W, Britos (LaTech), 7-5, 6-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: Brits (LaTech) Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Jackie Kasler (Sr., Gulf Breeze, Fla.)
Main (R64): L, N’tcha (SAM), 3-6, 2-6
Consolation (R32): W, Castro (UAB), 6-3, 6-2
Consolation (R16): W, Nakonechnaya (Nicholls)
Consolation Quarterfinals: Pfiefler (AU) Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Reka Muller (Fr., Budapest Hungary)
Main (R64): L, Spielmann (UA), 2-6, 6-4, 2-6
Consolation (R32): W, Hois (TUL), 6-1, 6-2
Consolation (R16): W, Verboven (MISS) 7-5, 6-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: Daniel (UAB), Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Jen Pfiefler (Jr., Gulf Breeze, Fla.)
Main (R64): L, Mayneto (UA), 3-6, 2-6
Consolation (R32): W, Tran (MSU), 6-4, 6-3
Consolation (R16): W, Cosovic (TROY), 6-1, 6-0
Consolation Quarterfinals: Kasler (AU), Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Lindsey Whitehead (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
B Draw (R32): BYE
B Draw (R16): L, Merker (La. Tech), 4-6, 3-6
B Draw Quarterfinals: advanced by default
B Draw Semifinals: Winner of Niebur (SAM) and Durden (TROY), Sunday 1:30 p.m.

Michalla Kucharova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia)
Main (R64): W, Mezarosova (USA), 6-3, 6-3
Main (R32): W, Aubert (Nicholls), 7-5, 6-0
Main (R16): L, Rhode-Moe (MISS), 4-6, 5-7, eliminated from tournament

Ashley Kitchen (So., Hilton Head, S.C.)
Main (R64): W, Faught (UAB), 6-3, 6-1
Main (R32): L, Kamash (MISS), 4-6, 4-6, eliminated from the tournament

DOUBLES
Kasler/Pfiefler
Main (R32): W, Blanco/Zabor (UA), 8-5
Main (R16): W, Mezarosova/Newton (USA), 8-4
Quarterfinals: W, Blankvoort/Krol (ULM), 8-0
Semifinals: Perper, Tran (MSU), Sunday 9:00 a.m.

Kucharova/Muller
Main (R32): W, Nalborska/Starkova (La. Tech), 8-3
Main (R16): W, Routliffe/Spielmann (UA), 8-5
Quarterfinals: L, Perper/Tran (MSU), 8-1

Burgmans/Flickinger
Main (R32): W, Holloway/Otero (LSU), 8-2
Main (R16): W, Castro/Witkowski (UAB), 8-1
Quarterfinals: W, Birol/Zyskocilova (TUL), 8-3
Semifinals: Daines/Mayretto (UA), Sunday 9:00 a.m.