Feb. 23, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's 56th-ranked women's tennis squad and 59th-ranked Auburn battled fiercely for nearly four hours for every point and despite a valiant effort the Green Wave fell short to the Tigers today, 4-2, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala.
Tulane had its two-match win streak snapped and dropped to 5-5 in the year, while Auburn improved to 9-1 and won its ninth consecutive match.
"This was a great four hour battle with a team that will end up Top 40 nationally," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We definitely had our chances today to win this match and we know that we have to start executing to turn these close losses to wins. I'm proud of the team yet again for our effort out there. This schedule is definitely not designed to have easy wins or even easy battles so the lessons we are learning now will hopefully prepare us for the rest of our season."
One of the key bright spots for the Wave today was junior and 88th-ranked Klara Vyskocilova, who chalked up another upset of a nationally-ranked player with her three-set, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, triumph over Auburn's 71st-ranked Pleun Burgmans at the No. 1 slot in the singles line-up.
Vyskocilova upset Texas Tech's 80th-ranked Samantha Adams in her last match-up against a ranked opponent. Vyskocilova improved her singles mark to 12-3 on the year.
Tulane's second singles point came from senior Emma Levy at the No. 3 position. She topped Michala Kucharova, 7-5, 6-2, and also notched her 12th singles win on the year.
Auburn posted a pair of 8-6 victories at the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots to claim the all-important doubles point and took a 1-0 advantage heading into singles.
Auburn's Emily Flickinger got past junior Jenny Hois at the No. 2 slot, 6-0, 6-4, to push the Tigers' lead out to 2-0. Senior Caroline Thornton and freshman Ipek Birol each returned to the line-up today, but both fell short in their respective match. Thornton dropped a, 6-3, 6-4, contest to Jackie Kasler at No. 4 and Auburn pushed the lead to 3-0.
The Green Wave returns to action with a road contest against Georgia State at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 in Atlanta, Ga.
No. 1 No. 55 Pleun Burgmans/Plamena Kurteva (AU) def. Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN), Unfinished
No. 2 Jackie Kasler/Emily Flickinger (AU) def. Jenny Hois/Emma Levy (TLN), 8-6
No. 3 Jen Pfeifler/Paulina Schippers (AU) def. Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,3
No. 1 No. 88 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. No. 71 Pleun Burgmans (AU), 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
No. 2 Emily Flickinger (AU) def. Jenny Hois (TLN), 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Michala Kucharova (AU), 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 Jackie Kasler (AU) def. Caroline Thornton (TLN), 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Jen Pfeifler (AU) def. Ipek Birol (TU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Plamena Kurteva (AU) def. Caroline Magnusson (TLN), 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
Order of Finish: 2,4,3,5,6,1