March 14, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -
Behind a pair of come-from-behind three-setters, the eighth-ranked women's tennis team beat No. 21 Auburn, 4-2, on Friday night at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With the victory, the Crimson Tide extends its winning streak to nine matches, improving to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The loss is the first in league action for the Tigers, who fall to 14-3 on the season and 4-1 against SEC opponents.
Alabama won its 13th double point of the season with victories on courts two and three. First to finish was the matchup on court three, where 44th-ranked Luicelena Perez and Emily Zabor cruised to an 8-1 finish over Paula de Man and Jen Pfeifler. The Tide's 70th-ranked duo of Mary Anne Daines and Danielle Spielmann got off to a quick start on court two, but the Tiger pair of No. 46 Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller challenged midway through the set, winning three-straight games. Daines and Spielmann would close it out, however, taking the match 8-4 for the early point.
Erin Routliffe won her fourth-straight match, improving to 5-0 at the No. 3 singles spot, by a score of 6-2, 6-1 over de Man to give Alabama a 2-0 lead. From there, Auburn would win the next two as Emily Flickinger beat Danielle Spielmann, 7-5, 6-1, on court two and Jackie Kasler edged Zabor, 7-5, 6-4, on court five. The Tide had lost first sets on two of the three remaining courts, however Alabama battled back and was in third sets across the board. Maya Jansen, awarded the Tide its third point of the night, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on court four just as Pleun Burgmans took a 5-4 lead for Auburn on court one. Daines did not shy away from the deficit and eventually sent the third set into a tiebreaker. From that point, it was all Daines as she took the tiebreaker by a 7-2 score to win the match, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(2) over Burgmans. The match on court six was suspended with Perez leading 5-2 in the third.
The Tide is back in action on Friday, March 21, when it hosts South Carolina at 5 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
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