Oct. 20, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - It will be an all Auburn final in the singles and doubles draw at the ITA Southern Regionals on Monday. The doubles final is set for Monday at 10 a.m. and the singles final will begin at 12 p.m. at the Auburn Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger punched their tickets to the singles final with straight-set victories. Burgmans battled with Ole Miss' Caroline Rohde-Moe fighting through 10 deuce points in the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-1 semifinal win. The 18th-ranked Burgmans defeated Alabama's Erin Routliffe earlier on Sunday, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.
Flickinger downed Samford's Stephanie N'tcha in 6-4, 6-3 fashion to earn her way into Monday's final round. In her quarterfinal match, Flickinger breezed by Ole Miss' Mai El Kamash, 6-4, 6-1.
"It's amazing how far our program has come in the last three seasons. We now have finalists an all singles and doubles and our girls have worked hard to help us have a great fall season," Auburn women's tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said. "I'm excited for tomorrow and I really hope Auburn wins."
The 34th-ranked tandem of Burgmans and Flickinger defeated Alabama's Mary Anne Daines and Natalia Maynetto, 8-6, while long-time teammates and the 23rd-ranked pair of Kasler and Pfiefler took down Mississippi State's Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran in a tie break, 8-7(6).
"It's great to have players earn the results they did today. This is one of the toughest ITA Regionals I have coached in. I think all of our players played well in tough situations, but we settled down and played to our potential," Longbotham-Meisner said.
In the consolation draw, Auburn's Reka Muller posted a pair of wins to advance to the final round. Muller knocked off UAB's Rachel Daniell 7-5, 6-1 in her first match of the day, before crusing past Louisiana Tech's Ipek Birol in the semifinals 6-1, 6-0. Muller faces Mississppi State's Alexandra Perper in the consolation final on Monday at 12 p.m.
Doubles Main Draw // Championships (Monday, 10 a.m.)
Jackie Kasler/Jen Pfiefler (AUB) vs. Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (AUB)
Singles Main Draw Consolation // Final Round (Monday 10 a.m.)
Reka Muller (AUB) vs. Alexandra Perper (MSU)
Singles B Draw Consolations // Final Round (Monday, 10 a.m.)
Manoela Chicacchio (LaTech) vs. Catherine Ragan (UAB)
Pleun Burgmans (So., Bergeijk, 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: W, Erin Routliffe (UA) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Semifinals: W, Caroline Rohde-Moe (MISS) 7-5, 6-1
Finals: vs. Flickinger (AUB) Monday 2:30 p.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: W, El Kamash (MISS), 6-3, 6-4
Semifinals: vs. W, Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) 6-4, 6-3
Finals: vs. Burgmans (AU) Monday 2:30 p.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: W, Pfiefler (AU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(6)
Consolation Semifinals: L, Alexandra Perper (MSU), 4-6, 2-6
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: W, Daniel (UAB), 6-1, 6-0
Consolation Semifinals: W, Ipek Birol (TUL), 6-1, 6-4
Consolation Finals: vs. Alexandra Perper (MSU), Monday 10 a.m.
Jen Pfeifler (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: L, Kasler (AU), 4-6, 6-2, 0-1(6), eliminated from the tournament
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: L, vs. Manoela Chiacchio (LaTech), 3-6, 2-6, eliminated from the tournament
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: L, Birol (TUL) 2-6, 2-6, eliminated from the tournament
Main (R32): W, Blanco/Zabor (UA), 8-5
Main (R16): W, Mezarosova/Newton (USA), 8-4
Quarterfinals: W, Blankvoort/Krol (ULM), 8-0
Semifinals: W, Perper, Tran (MSU), 8-7(6)
Finals: vs. Burgmans/Flickinger (AUB), Monday 10 a.m.
Main (R32): W, Holloway/Otero (LSU), 8-2
Main (R16): W, Castro/Witkowski (UAB), 8-1
Quarterfinals: W, Birol/Zyskocilova (TUL), 8-3
Semifinals: W, Daines/Mayretto (UA), 8-6
Finals: vs. Kasler/Pfiefler (AUB), Monday 10 a.m.