Oct. 20, 2007
Athens. Ga. -
Auburn sophomore Melissa Koning defeated a seeded opponent to advance to the round of 16 in the ITA Southern Regional Tournament hosted by the University of Georgia.
Koning fought a three-set match against Egle Petrauskaite of FIU, seeded 9-16, and came out victorious. Koning dropped the first set 4-6, but came back to win the final two 6-4, 6-2.
"We did some things well today and fought hard at every position," Auburn head coach Tim Gray said. "There are some things that we need to work on, but there were also some bright spots. We are headed in the right direction."
The Tigers had three victories in the round of 64. Junior Alex Haney defeated Liset Brito if FIU 7-6, 6-3. Sophomore Hastenrath defeated Iciri Rai of South Florida 7-6, 7-5. Koning defeated Michaela Kissell of Ole Miss 6-2, 7-6(3).
Freshman Gaby Beleen fought hard, but fell to Laura van de Stroet of Ole Miss in the third set 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Junior Whitney Chappell also fell to a Rebel, Caren Seenauth, 6-3, 6-4.
In the round of 32, Haney faced Cameron Ellis of Georgia and was defeated 6-3, 7-6(4). Hastenrath matched up against Laura Vallverdu of Ole Miss, the number four seed in the tournament, and fell 6-0, 6-1.
Tomorrow the Tigers will compete in doubles action. Number two seed and nationally ranked duo Haney and Koning will face Monica Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman of Georgia. Chappell and Beleen will pair up to face Kissell and Bianca Eichkorn of Ole Miss. Doubles action is set to begin at 8 a.m. EST.
Koning will face the winner of the Round of 32 match between Jannete Bejlkova of South Florida and Amanda McDowell, the three seed from Georgia, on Sunday.
Flight A - Round of 64
Alex Haney (AU) [9-16] def. Liset Brito (FIU) 7-6, 6-3
Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Iciri Rai (USF) 7-6, 7-5
Laura van de Stroet (Miss) def. Gaby Beelen (AU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Melissa Koning (AU) def. Michaela Kissell (UM) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Caren Seenauth (UM) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-3, 6-4
Round of 32
Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Haney (AU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Laura Vallverdu (UM)  def. Hastenrath (AU) 6-0, 6-1
Koning (AU) def. Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) [9-16] 4-6, 6-4, 6-2