AUBURN, Alabama – It was a flying start to the spring doubles season for the Auburn women’s tennis team as the 25andThe ranked Tigers picked up a pair of wins over Furman and UAB on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Auburn (2-0) took a 4-3 victory over Furman in the opener of the day, then swept UAB 7-0 in the final drink.
“What a day of tennis!” Auburn head coach Caroline Lilley noted. “We are proud of the girls because they handled adversity all week with a winning attitude. Adversity makes us stronger, and today’s resilience is a testament to the character of the young women we are blessed with. ‘train.’
In the first game of the day against Furman, Auburn took a 1-0 lead with doubles wins on Courts 2 and 3. Madeleine Meredith and Anastasia Astakhova got the first win of the day with a 6-0 victory over Snyder and Schulson, then Caroline Ansari and Selin Ovunc put the Tigers on the board with a 6-4 win over Dillon and Dawson. Georgie Axone and Adeline Flach were tied 4-4 with Furman’s Adams and Schoppe when play was stopped.
Furman tied the game at 1-all at 45and-ranked Julia Adams beat Ovunc, 6-2, 6-3. But Auburn backed off as Yu Chen downed Jess Dawson, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 5 spot. Axon made it 3-1 beating 65and-ranked Sara Snyder 6-4, 6-2 and 115and– ranked Ansari picked up the win for Auburn with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Madison Dillon.
The Paladins put two more points on the board as Astakhova fell to Ellie Schulson, 6-4, 6-4, and Flach went the distance with Ellie Schoppe before falling short, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (7).
The game moved away for the second game of the day against UAB. The top two doubles pitches put Auburn on the board as Ansari and Ovunc beat Clarke and Maggie White, 6-2, then Axon and Flach beat Wasserbauerova and Mackenzie White, 6-3. Meredith and Astakhova were just points away from another win, leading their game 5-4 when the double was clinched.
Ovunc bounced back to put Auburn ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jana Hecking. Chen made it 3-0, beating Annalisa Smith 6-1, 6-2, and Ansari took the win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Adela Wasserbauerova.
Three more straight wins would follow for the Tigers. Flach beat Mackenzie White, 6-4, 6-2; Astakhova beat Enya Ratkic 6-3, 6-4; and Axon defeated Vanessa Mellynchuk, 7-6 (7), 6-1.
Auburn will hit the road for the ITA Kickoff Weekend, which takes place Friday and Saturday in Orlando, Florida. The Tigers play Arizona State on Friday in Game 1, then face either UCF or UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday.
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#25 Auburn 4, Furman 3
1. #45 Julia Adams (FUR) def. #79 Selin Ovunc (UA), 6-2, 6-3
2. #115 Caroline Ansari (AU) def. Madison Dillon (FUR), 6-2, 6-3
3. Ellie Schoppe (FUR) defeated. Adeline Flach (AU), 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (7)
4. Georgie Axone (AU) def. #65 Sara Snyder (FUR), 6-4, 6-2
5. Yu Chen (AU) def. Jess Dawson (FUR), 6-3, 6-4
6. Ellie Schulson (FUR) defeated. Anastasia Astakhova (AU), 6-4, 6-4
Finishing order: 1, 5, 4, 2, 6, 3
1. Axon/Flach (AU) against Adams/Schoppe (FUR), 4-4 unfinished
2. Ansari/Ovunc (AU) def. Dillon/Dawson (FUR), 6-4
3. Meredith/Astakhova (AU) def. Snyder/Schulson (FUR), 6-0
Order of arrival: 3, 2
#25 Auburn 7, UAB 0
1. #79 Selin Ovunc (AU) def. Jana Hecking (UAB), 6-1, 6-1
2. #115 Caroline Ansari (AU) def. Adela Wasserbauerova (UAB), 6-4, 6-2
3. Adeline Flach (AU) def. Mackenzie White (UAB), 6-4, 6-2
4. Georgie Axone (AU) def. Vanessa Mellynchuk (UAB), 7-6 (7), 6-1
5. Yu Chen (AU) def. Annalisa Smith (UAB), 6-1, 6-2
6. Anastasia Astakhova (AU) def. Enya Ratkic (UAB), 6-3, 6-4
Finishing order: 1, 5, 2, 3, 6, 4
1. Axon/Flach (AU) bat. Wasserbauerova/Mac. White (UAB), 6-3
2. Ansari/Ovunc (AU) def. Clarke/Mag. White (UAB), 6-2
3. Meredith/Astakhova (AU) v da Sliva/Mellynchuk (UAB), 5-4 unfinished
Order of arrival: 2, 1