Auburn's Haney And Koning Advance To Doubles Quarterfinals
Junior Alex Haney

Oct. 21, 2007

Athens, Ga. - Auburn's number six-ranked doubles duo Alex Haney and Melissa Koning advance to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southern Regional hosted by the University of Georgia.

Haney and Koning, the number two seed in the tournament, defeated Monica Dancevic and Yvette Hyndman of Georgia 8-6 to advance to the round of 16. The pair then came out and defeated Elna de Villiers and Radka Ferancova of Mississippi State 8-6 to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

"Alex and Mel played solid today and got stronger with each match," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray.

Tomorrow Haney and Koning will face Romy Farah and Caren Seenauth of Miami in the quarterfinals.

Also in doubles action, junior Whitney Chappell and freshman Gaby Beelen defeated Michaela Kissell and Bianca Eichkorn, a seeded pair, 8-3 in the round of 64. Following the pair dropped a heartbreaker, 8-6, to Jessica Wente and Katie Rybakova of FSU.

"Gaby and Whitney had plenty of chances today, but I am not disappointed with their performance," Gray said. "They emerged solid. I'm very excited that as a team we won three-of-four doubles matches."

Koning also competed in the main draw of singles action. Koning fell 6-3, 7-6 to Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech in the round of 16.

"Despite her loss, I am very pleased with Mel," Gray said. "She took giants steps today and she's starting to take her game to a different level. Mel has the potential to be a force on the national level. McDowell played really well to beat her."

In consolation singles, Beelen fell to Annabell Bares of Troy 6-3, 6-1. Chappell lost to Ania Rynarzweska of FSU 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles - Flight A
Round of 32
Chappell/Beelen (AU) def. Kissell/Eichkorn (UM) [5-8] 8-3
Haney/Koning (AU) [2] def. Dancevic/ Y. Hyndman (UGA) 8-6



Round of 16
Wente/Rybakova (FSU) def. Chappell/Beelen (AU) 8-6
Haney/Koning (AU) [2] def. de Villiers/Ferancova (MSU) 8-4

Singles - Flight A
Round of 16
Amanda McDowell (GT) [3] def. Melissa Koning (AU) 6-3, 7-5

Singles Consolation - Flight A
Round of 32
Annabell Bares (TU) def. Gaby Beelen (AU) 6-3, 6-1
Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-2, 6-4