Oct. 23, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After a clean sweep of the ITA Southern Regionals last weekend, the Auburnwomen's tennis team transitions to the clay for the USTA Clay Courts at Disney. The four-day tournament begins on Thursday with the first two rounds of singles play and one round of doubles action.
"With our performance at the ITA Regionals last week, this tournament gives our team a chance to take the momentum we had last week and transfer that into good results," Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. "We are excited to play at this tourmanet as we transition to the clay."
Auburn's Pleun Burgmans enters the draw as the top seed on the singles side after earning the championship at last week's ITA Regional. Burgmans, the 18th-ranked singles player in the nation entering the year, also partnered with teammate Emily Flickinger for the doubles crown at last week's regional tournament. The sophomore received a first-round bye and will open play up in the Round of 32 on Thursday afternoon.
"Pleun played well through last weekend and I'm excited to see how she plays on clay against quality competition," Longbotham Meisner said.
Sophomore Paula de Man enters the USTA Clay Courts as the fourth seed in the draw, while sophomore Michala Kucharova and freshman Ashley Kitchen will also participate on the singles side for the Tigers.
After following in the first round last weekend, de Man batlted to the quarterfinal round of the ITA Southern Regional before falling to Tulane's Ipek Birol. Kucharova fought her way into the Round of 16 with a pair of convincing wins, but fell to Ole Miss' Caroline Rohde-Moe.
The fourth-seeded de Man received a bye in the first round and start play on Thursday afternoon, while Kucharova opens the tournament against Mary Haffey. Kitchen begins play against Florida's Stefani Stojic in the Round of 64 at 10 a.m.
Auburn enters a pair of doubles teams into the draw for the tournament, as Burgmans tams up with de Man, while Kucharova and Kitchen form the other tandem for the Tigers. Burgmans/de Man will receive a first-round bye to advance into the Round of 16.