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    Today In SEC Tennis: February 23

    Gamecocks Coast to 5-0 Win Over College of Charleston

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2013) — The 38th-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team improved to 6-3 on the season with a 5-0 shutout of No. 72 College of Charleston on Saturday at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. CofC dropped to 4-3 on the season with the loss. The Gamecocks next face Charleston Southern in match two of a doubleheader at 4 p.m. in the Field House.

    The Gamecocks wasted no time picking up the doubles point from the Cougars. Between all three courts, South Carolina won the first 10 games played before College of Charleston picked up a game on court one. Katerina Popova and Josefin Andersson finished first for Carolina with an 8-0 sweep over Samantha Maddox and Brooke McAmis on court two to improve to 8-1 this spring. No. 57 Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova clinched the point for the Gamecocks at the top position with an 8-2 triumph over Katherine Schofield and Irene Viana, running their record to 7-2 in 2013.

    South Carolina’s Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna led Olivia McMillan and Christin Newman on court three 7-1, but played was suspended once Alawi and Kanakova clinched the doubles point.

    South Carolina dominated three of the first four matches on court in the Field House. No. 114 Popova won first by defeating McAmis 6-0, 6-1 to up her record on the spring to 6-1. Popova won eight straight games before surrendering one to McAmis.

    No. 59 Alawi battled her way through her first set against Newman at No. 1 singles, winning two straight games with the score tied 4-all to take the set. Alawi coasted in the second to a 6-0 win to give Carolina a 3-0 advantage and her second win a row.

    For the second straight contest, Kanakova provided the Gamecocks with the winning point. She won 10 consecutive games versus Schofield at the fourth position before going on to win 6-0, 6-1. Kanakova improved to 2-0 at No. 4 singles for the year in the process as well.

    Lechemia posted South Carolina’s fifth point at No. 3 singles by upending Maddox in straight sets. The two traded games back and forth in the first set before eventually moving to a tiebreaker. Lechemia had one match point at 6-5, but Maddox stayed alive to win the rally for 6-all. Lechemia, though, took the next two points to pick up the 8-6 win for the first set. With a 3-2 lead in the second set, Lechemia took command to finish off Maddox 6-2 for the win.
     



    Mizzou Sweeps Stephen F. Austin

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 55 Mizzou tennis program earned its fourth straight victory with a 7-0 sweep over Stephen F. Austin Saturday afternoon at the Green Tennis Center. With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-1 on the season, while the Lady Jacks fell to 2-6.
     
    Missouri earned the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 action. The tandem of senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann opened the match with an 8-1 defeat of Kateryna Bugayenko and Julia Lorca at No. 2. Mizzou's top team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Elisha Gabb ousted Melena Gordo and Valeria Terentyeva, 8-4, to claim to doubles point for the Tigers.
     
    A quick 6-1, 6-2 win for Gabb over Margot de Haan at No. 3 singles gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in singles action. Stuhlmann gave Mizzou a 3-0 edge when she dispatched Lorca, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2.
     
    Mizzou clinched the victory when Christensen posted a 6-2, 6-2, victory over Bugayenko at No. 4 singles.
     
    In the tightest match of the day, Gaytan-Leach dropped the second set but emerged victorious over Gordo at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8). At No. 5, sophomore Alex Clark posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Terentyeva.
     
    Freshman Madison Rhyner closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Laura Servise at No. 6 action. 



    No. 11 Mississippi State Takes Care of Business

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the fourth time this season, the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (9-2) shutout an opponent Saturday, this time blanking the Samford Bulldogs (4-3) 7-0 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Saturday. MSU improved to 10-3 all-time against the visiting Bulldogs.
     
    State jumped out early on Samford, with wins on courts two and three to claim the doubles point. The MSU duo of Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson claimed victory first, with an 8-5 win against Samford’s Austin Akers and Elliot Barnwell on court two. Samford leveled the playing field when Zac Dunkle and Garrison Laduca upset the MSU No. 13 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp 8-6.
     
    The doubles point came down to court three, where the MSU freshmen duo of Romain Bogaerts and Pedro Dumont defeated Samford’s Fares Kilani and Alex Sajonz 8-6 to give State the early lead.
     
    In singles play, State swept the board, but not without a little fight from the visiting Bulldogs. MSU senior James Chaudry defeated Kilani with ease, taking a 6-1, 6-1 victory on court three. Following suit was MSU’s No. 19 Bogaerts who defeated Samford’s Dunkle in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to give State the 3-0 advantage.
     
    On court five, MSU freshman Stefan Vinti found himself down early in the first set 3-0, but fought back to take the first set and then the match 6-3, 6-2 to defeat Samford’s Austin Akers, clinching the overall match for Mississippi State.
     
    Play continued on courts two, four and six, all resulting in MSU Bulldog victories. At the No. 2 position, State’s 43rd-ranked Stropp dropped his first set, but only lost one game the remainder of the match to defeat Samford’s Barnwell 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.
     
    The MSU freshman Dumont also saw victory in a three -setter, taking down Samford’s Laduca 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 on court six. At the No. 4 position, State’s Angus improved to 10-0 for the dual match season, defeating Samford’s Sajonz 6-7(3), 6-4, 1-0(4) to complete the shutout.
     
    “We came in today wanting to bounce back from our last match in Seattle and we did so by picking up a win,” head coach Per Nilsson said. “However, we have to play better tomorrow to have a good showing against a tough Middle Tennessee team.”
     
    The Maroon and White return to action tomorrow, as they face No. 47 Middle Tennessee at 12 p.m. CT at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstatemt) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstatemt).



    Kentucky Cancels Trip to Kansas

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team has been forced to cancel its match with Kansas scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd in Lawrence, Kan., due to travel arrangements.
     
    Kentucky will return to the court on Tuesday, hosting Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m., followed by Abilene Christian at 6 p.m.
     
    The Wildcats are 6-2 on the year, with freshman Nadia Ravita boasting a 7-1 record in the No. 1 singles slot.



    Alabama Men Win Doubleheader

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men’s tennis team closed out its non-conference schedule with a pair of wins on Saturday, beating Furman and Southern Miss, 6-1. The Crimson Tide now stands at 9-3 on the season heading into Southeastern Conference play.
     
    In the morning match against Furman (2-5), Alabama came out strong from the start, sweeping all three doubles matches for the 1-0 lead. Senior Jarryd Botha and sophomore David Vieyra were first to finish, collecting an 8-5 win on court one. Junior Carlos Taborga and sophomore Philippe Tsangarides followed with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 while junior Daniil Proskura and freshman Becker O'Shaughnessey completed the sweep with an 8-4 win on court two.
     
    In singles, the Tide won the first four matches, en route to the team victory, with the clincher coming on court three. With the win, Proskura improved his singles season record in dual matches to 11-0. Also notching wins in singles against the Paladins was Botha on court one, coming back from a 5-3 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker to win 6-3, 3-6, 13-11, O'Shaughnessey on court two, Taborga on court five and senior Harris Barnard on court six.
     
    Alabama would win its second doubles point of the day when it took on Southern Miss (7-4) in the afternoon, getting wins from Botha and Vieyra on court one and O’Shaughnessey and Proskura on court two.
     
    O’Shaughnessey gave the Tide a 2-0 lead after cruising through his singles match, winning 6-1, 6-1 on court two against Golden Eagle sophomore Andrew Goodwin. Proskura, playing at the No. 1 spot for the first time this season, battled through a hard-fought first set then dominated the second, winning 6-4, 6-0, over sophomore Matt Frost. Southern Miss would get on the board with a win on court six and clawed its way back in the three remaining matches to make it a close finish. Barnard would end up clinching the victory for the Tide on court five, holding on for the 6-3, 7-5 victory over sophomore Inaki Belloso. Taborga put Alabama on top 5-1 with a 7-5, 7-6(2) win on court four while Tsangarides wrapped up the match with a 7-5, 7-6(3) victory from the No. 3 spot.
     
    Alabama stars the SEC portion of its schedule at home against Mississippi and Mississippi State next weekend. The Tide will face the Rebels on Friday, March 1, at 3 p.m., while the match against the Bulldogs is slated for Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. CT.



    Florida Men Drop Tight Match to Baylor

    The Florida men’s tennis team was on court for over four hours on Saturday, dropping a tightly contested match to No. 16 Baylor, 4-3, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. After falling behind early, the Gators evened the match at 3-3 but couldn’t pull out a victory. The Gators fell to 6-4 on the season and look to begin SEC play next weekend.
     
    “That was a great match,” said head coach Bryan Shelton afterward. “I thought Baylor played great tennis, especially when the pressure was on and the stakes were the highest they played there very best. I give them a lot of credit today.”
     
    Baylor (7-1, 0-0) came out firing in doubles, as the Bears’ pair of Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella beat the Florida duo of Mike Alford and Florent Diep, 8-3, at the No. 2 position. Baylor clinched the doubles point when Diego Galeano and Marko Krickovic closed out UF’s Billy Federhofer and Luke Johnson, 8-5, on court three.
     
    “I was proud of our guys,” said Coach Shelton. “We got down 1-0 and this team came at us. They were fired up. They were their own cheering section out there. They were loud and they were getting after it. Our guys didn’t back down and I was very proud of our effort and our fight.”
     
    The Gators did bounce back, when Piro evened the match with a victory at No. 2 singles, beating Tony Lupieri in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Johnson finished off Galeano at No. 6 singles to put Florida ahead 2-1 overall in the match.
     
    Baylor responded with a point from Pradella at No. 1 singles over UF’s van Overbeek, 6-4, 6-4. With the match square at 2-2, the remaining three courts went to a third set, and Federhofer was the first to pull through. After falling in an early 4-1 hole in the first set, he rallied to beat No. 56 Krickovic, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4.
     
    “Billy is resilient,” said Shelton. “He made some adjustments and picked up the emotional fight and got himself into the battle. Once he got in there he did a nice job, even losing the second set, starting so strong in the third set. He went up big early in the third, almost went up 5-1. For the [Baylor] guy to continue to fight against him and come back showed me a lot too. I have a lot of respect for Baylor and for how hard those guys fought today. To see Billy close it out in the end, that was tremendous. It was huge for us.”
     
    With a 3-2 lead the Gators needed one of the two remaining matches with courts two and four still playing. On court four, Alford took the first set from Baylor’s Mate Zsiga, but couldn’t hold on and lost, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. With all eyes on the match between Diep and Lenz at No. 2 singles, Diep fought back after dropping the first set and forced a third, but Lenz was too much in the third set, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
     
    “Overall, I thought we did a nice job of just competing hard,” said Shelton. “Next time we’re in that situation I want to see us run through the door and get across that finish line first. I believe that we can and I believe that we will. We’re looking forward to what lies ahead with the SEC season. This coming weekend we get to play Texas A&M. It’s a new season for us and I’m ready to get started.”
     
    With the start of SEC play next weekend, the Gators will have their work cut out for them. There are currently nine SEC teams in the top 25 and No. 14 Texas A&M will travel to Gainesville next Sunday for a 1 p.m. match. Florida will hit the road for its next five matches, beginning with a trip to South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia.
     
    “We’re not afraid to work hard,” Coach Shelton said after Saturday’s match. “I know the coaching staff here is on a mission. I’ve got two of the best coaches that I work with in Scott Perelman and Amer Delic. We’re on a mission and I think these guys are on a mission to get it right. I feel like we’re working on the right things. We’ve just got to keep working and keep grinding and keep fighting, keep battling. It’s not just on match day. It’s every single practice day. We’ve got to eke out every single debt that we can from every single practice to give ourselves more opportunities like we had today.”



    No. 5  Georgia Bests Rival Georgia Tech

    ATHENS, Ga.—The No. 5 Georgia women’s tennis team picked up a thrilling doubles point and three singles matches to claim a 4-3 victory over in-state rival No. 24 Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
     
    “I was just thrilled today that we were able to get the win over our in-state rival Georgia Tech,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “We’re 21-4 now overall against them and I feel pretty pleased with how we played. The doubles point was awesome, and that have us a great lift heading into singles.”
     
    In doubles, Georgia’s top duo of Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller, ranked 13th in the country, knocked off Georgia Tech’s Elizabeth Kilborn and Jasmine Minor, 8-2. The Georgia duo remains perfect on the season with an 8-0 record. The Yellow Jackets evened the score when Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey topped Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, 8-3. On court 3, Mia King and Lilly Kimbell beat Tech’s Muriel Wacker and Natasha Prokhnevska, 9-8 (3) to clinch the doubles point for Georgia. King and Kimbell trailed 8-7, 40-15, but won four straight points to force the tiebreaker. The Bulldogs controlled the tiebreaker, winning the match on a wild Georgia Tech return.
     
    In singles, Georgia got off to a quick start, winning the first set on the first four courts. Fuller gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win over Tech’s Kurey. Fuller improves to 17-4 this season. Eighth-ranked Herring added a point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 62 Elizabeth Kilborn. The win is Herring’s 24th of the season.
     
    Georgia Tech got on the board when Kendal Woodard came from behind to beat No. 15 Kowase, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Silvia Garcia, ranked 100th in the country, clinched the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 win over Tech’s Natasha Prokhnevska. It was Garcia’s second match clincher of the season.
     
    With the match outcome decided, Georgia Tech’s Muriel Wacker beat Georgia’s King, 3-6, 6-5, 1-0 (10-5). Shortly after, Kimbell fell 7-5, 6-0 to Minor.
     
    Georgia improves to 21-4 all-time versus Georgia Tech, including 10-1 in Athens.
     
    The match was originally slated to be played outdoors, but was moved inside prior to the start of play because of rain.
     
    Georgia will start conference play on Saturday when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The match is scheduled to start at noon.



    South Carolina Grinds Out Win Over Charleston Southern

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The No. 38 South Carolina women's tennis team wrapped up its Saturday doubleheader at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C., with a 5-0 victory against Charleston Southern to improve to 7-3 on the 2013 season. Charleston Southern dropped to 1-4 with the loss. Earlier in the day, the Gamecocks defeated No. 72 College of Charleston by a 5-0 score.
     
    "I really wanted to see us make some progress in some of the things we've been working on in terms of doubles and basically getting over some things; a little bit of fear and kind of holding back a little bit in certain areas," South Carolina head coach Kevin Epley said. "We definitely made some progress in certain areas in doubles and in singles, people committing to their game a little bit more. We've been working a lot on energy, continuing on what we've been working on all season. We're trying to accentuate the positives with fist pumps and those sorts of things and then get rid of all the negatives. I think overall, we did a pretty good job for two matches."
     
    Like the first match of the day, the Gamecocks won the doubles point easily for a 1-0 advantage heading to singles play. Carolina mixed up its lineup from the first match, separating Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova at the top spot and moving Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova up from No. 2 doubles. Alawi teamed with Alex Martin on court two and Kanakova sat out the doubles competition. Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna retained their spot at No. 3 doubles.
     
    Alawi and Martin finished first with an 8-1 victory against Yvonne Hubler and Alexandra Walters. It moved Alawi and Martin's record together to 3-1 for the season, as the pair also teamed up for a tournament in the fall. Lechemia and Siles Luna shut out Susita Das and Marketa Placha on court three to record their first win together on the season and clinch the doubles point for South Carolina.
     
    At No. 1 doubles, Popova and Andersson held a 6-4 advantage on Alia Nour and Angelica Sidorenko. Popova and Andersson hold the Gamecocks' top record in dual matches at 8-1. The Charleston Southern match marked the first time the two have played together at the No. 1 doubles position.
     
    It was a race between Lechemia and Kanakova to see who would score the Gamecocks' first point in singles. Lechemia ended up beating Walters by a 6-1, 6-0 count on court three just ahead of Kanakova's 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Nour at No. 4 singles. No. 59 Alawi secured the win for the Gamecocks with her 6-3, 6-3 decision against Placha on court one. Popova notched her team-leading seventh dual match victory of the spring at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win versus Sidorenko to make the score 5-0 for the Gamecocks.
     
    Siles Luna and Martin played several games in their matches at five and six singles, but both were eventually suspended with the team outcome having already been decided. Siles Luna led Das 5-0 in the first set at five and Martin won her first set 6-0 against Chanel Bell at No. 6 singles.
     
    South Carolina will open SEC play next week when it heads to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 10 Texas A&M on March 1 and then No. 55 Missouri on March 3 in Columbia, Mo.



    LSU Sweeps Nicholls State

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU Lady Tigers (6-3) swept Nicholls State University (5-3) 7-0 in the opening match of Saturday's double header at the W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
     
    The Lady Tigers quickly clenched the doubles point, as the senior pair of Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger marked a shut out 8-0 victory over Nicholls' Natalia Cardiff and Eva Castiglioni on court two, and Ariel Morton and Mary Jeremiah followed with another 8-0 win over the Colonels' Emma Pitre and Rachel Howie in the top spot.
     
    Freshman Ella Taylor added another point for LSU with her second double-bagel victory this season, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Nicholls' Howie on court two, and Morton quickly followed with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against the Colonel's Pitre on court four. Wilson then clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Nicholls State's Castiglioni on court six.
     
    Freshman Caroline Hudson finished next with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Nicholls' Isla Brock on court five, followed by senior Kaitlin Burns' 7-5, 6-1 win over the Colonels' Cardiff in the top spot. Jeremiah marked the final win of the day with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nicholls' Marie Aubert in the No. 2 position.
     
    A full release with results will follow today's match against Grambling State University at 6 p.m. CT.
     
    For the latest information on the women's tennis team, follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.



    Arkansas Wins at Purdue

    West Lafayette, Ind.  -  The No. 52 University of Arkansas men’s tennis team defeated No. 71 Purdue, 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Razorbacks improve their record to 11-3 while Purdue drops to 9-3.
     
    “Another great duel match today,” Head Coach Robert Cox said. “I am so proud of the guys for fighting hard. It is always difficult to win on the road.”
     
    The match began with all three doubles courts in close matches. Junior Hall Fess and freshman Santiago Munoz collected the first doubles win for the Hogs with an 8-6 win over Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs on court three. The senior duo of Mike Ward and Gregoire Lehmann clinched the doubles point with an 8-7 victory over Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk on court two to give Arkansas the 1-0 lead. 
     
    Singles play was just as competitive as doubles with Purdue taking the first two singles points. Ward dropped his match on court three to Acosta and Lehmann fell on court one to Tatarczyk to give Purdue the 2-1 edge.
     
    The Hogs responded with back-to-back victories by Nott and Jeske. Nott collected his seventh singles victory of the season with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Acosta. Jeske followed with a three-set win over Kovacs on court two put Arkansas up 3-2.
     
    Sophomore Victor Hoang battled in a three-set match to eventually defeat Dujovne 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Arkansas the 4-2 lead and clinching the victory for the Hogs.  
        
    “Victor saved six match points,” Coach Cox said. “He really did pull off an incredible win today to clinch the match for us.”
     
     Fess closed out the match for the Razorbacks with an exhausting three-set tiebreaker on court six. Fess dropped the match 6-7, 7-6, 6-7 to Krocsko.   
        
    Arkansas is back in action next weekend when it begins conference play at Kentucky on Friday and Vanderbilt on Sunday. 
        
    For more information on Arkansas men’s tennis follow @@RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.



    Mississippi State Women Win in Minneapolis 

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis squad (4-2) finished off its first weekend of 2013 road play with an impressive 4-3 win against the Lady Badgers of Wisconsin Saturday in a neutral site matchup.
     
    To begin doubles play, MSU's duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgina Patrasc defeated Wisconsin's pair of Hannah Berner and Helen Rabot at the No. 3 position in an 8-0 decision. Wisconsin's pair of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich evened the doubles score, taking down the Bulldog pair of Lien Van Geel and Sarai Flores 8-2 on court 2.
     
    Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran for the Lady Bulldogs paired up to clinch the doubles point in favor of MSU, posting an 8-5 win against Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya of Wisconsin at the No. 1. position.
     
    Singles played out in favor of the Lady Bulldogs early on, as Perper raised the MSU lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Burner of Wisconsin at the top spot. The Lady Bulldog freshman Flores continued the MSU streak with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court 6 against Helen Rabot for the Lady Badgers.
     
    Patrasc, a native of Romania for the Lady Bulldogs, clinched MSU's fourth victory of the season with an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win over Chypyha of Wisconsin at the No. 2 position.
     
    The Lady Badgers would post three consecutive wins on the remaining courts, beginning with a win for Wisconsin's Burich on court 4. Burich defeated MSU's Ferancova 7-6(6), 3-0 after Ferancova retired. Tripolskaya of Wisconsin followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against MSU's Van Geel at the No. 5 position. Hoch of Wisconsin completed the day's competition, downing Tran 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(5) in a closely contested match on court 3.
     
    "The girls did a good job bouncing back and getting a solid win after such a tough loss yesterday," said head coach Daryl Greenan. "Once again, the doubles point was crucial and this time we won that battle."
     
    The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action at the A,J, Pitts Tennis Centre this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. as they host Samford. Updates for Lady Bulldog tennis can be found at hailstate.com or through Twitter (@mstateWT).



    Auburn Improves to 10-1

    AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis defeated No. 56 Tulane, 5-2, and UAB, 7-0, on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With the victories, the Tigers moved to 10-1 on the season, the fastest the program has reached 10 wins since 2002.
     
    Additionally, the 10 victories equal the longest winning streak in school history, and it also marks the first time the No. 59 Tigers have reached 10 wins since 2009.
     
    “It was a very grueling day,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said. “We knew it was going to be because both teams are very dangerous. It was an emotional day, as this was our last doubleheader and our last non-conference matches.
     
    “I have put the girls through a lot mentally and physically. It was a challenge for them, but they met it in every spot. I am very proud of our performance. I am very proud of how our doubles is shaping up. Everyone had to grind today, and I am very proud of how the team is doing right now.”
     
    Auburn claimed the doubles point against the Green Wave to begin the day, picking up wins on courts two and three.
     
    Auburn’s Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger defeated Jenny Hois and Emma Levy, 8-6. Then on court three, Paulina Schippers and Jen Pfeifler edged out Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton, 8-6.
     
    Tulane’s Klara Vyskocilova and Ipek Birol led against No. 55 Pleun Burgmans and Plamena Kurteva, 5-4, before the match was halted.
     
    In singles, Flickinger defeated Hois on court two, 6-0, 6-4. Kasler then gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage beating former Auburn Tiger Caroline Thornton 6-1, 6-3 on court four.
     
    On court three, Levy topped Michala Kucharova, 7-5, 6-2 to get the Green Wave on the board.
     
    Pfeifler clinched the match for Auburn on court five, defeating Birol, 6-3, 6-4. Kurteva moved the match to 5-1 in Auburn’s after defeating Magnusson in a third set tiebreaker, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7).
     
    Tulane won its second point of the day as No. 88 Vyskocilova defeated No. 71 Burgmans in three sets, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
     
    In the evening match, the Tigers posted a 7-0 shutout victory over UAB.
     
    In doubles, the No. 55 duo of Burgmans and Kurteva made quick work of Rachel Daniell and Menanteau Moolman, 8-1, on court one. The pair won eight-straight games to claim the victory.
     
    Pfeifler and Schippers clinched the doubles point on court two, also winning 8-1 over Sarah Witkowski and Caroline Faught. On court three, Ashley Kitchen and Michala Kucharova completed the doubles sweep defeating Isabel Fernandez and Elaine Simon, 8-4.
     
    In singles, Maria Cardenas Conti put Auburn up 2-0 and moved to 4-0 in dual play, defeating Rachel Cohen, 6-1, 6-0 on court six. On court one, Flickinger raced past Fernandez 6-1, 6-1, for the 3-0 lead. Auburn next clinched the match on court five as Kitchen defeated Simon, 6-0, 6-1.
     
    Flickinger moves to 7-1 in the dual match singles play this spring, while Kitchen is now 5-0.
     
    Auburn gained a 5-0 advantage as Kasler topped Moolman, 6-2, 6-1 on court three. Then on court four, Schippers defeated Amy Lowther, 6-3, 5-2 to push the Auburn advantage to 6-0.
     
    Kucharova completed the shutout with a three-set victory over Daniell, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (5).
     
    Auburn finished the month of February with a 9-0 record. The unblemished month included three upset victories over ranked opponents. On the season, the Tigers have claimed four upset victories overall.
     
    “I can say this now, but our goal was to go undefeated in February,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “We accomplished that and we feel good going into SEC play. We have the experience and the confidence going to Mississippi next weekend.”
     
    The Tigers will return to action when they begin SEC play March 1 against Mississippi State at 3 p.m.
     
    For the latest on Auburn women's tennis follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUWomensTennis.