Jan. 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Playing a top-25 opponent for the second day in a row, the No. 24 Florida State women's tennis team (2-2) fell to No. 23 Auburn (1-1), 4-1, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
"We put up a great overall fight against Auburn today," said assistant coach Zsuzsanna Fodor. "Despite losing the doubles point, we turned around the momentum and were ready to battle on all courts. We couldn't use our complete lineup, which gave an opportunity to the other players to step up their game and prove themselves."
In doubles, Auburn struck first with a 6-3 victory by the No. 17 pairing of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger over Daneika Borthwick and Emily Fanning on court one. The `Noles took court three with a 6-3 win of their own by Mia Vriens and Daniela Schippers. The Tigers scored the doubles point as Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller defeated Kerrie Cartwright and Kristina Schleich, 6-3.
The singles lineup was changed from Saturday's match but the `Noles were unable to secure the four required points to win the match. Cartwright got FSU on the board early and tied the match at 1-1 with her straight set, 6-1, 6-3, victory over Paula de Man. Auburn took the lead back with two straight set wins over Duda Santos (6-2, 6-2) and Laurence Porry (6-2, 6-3), pushing it out to a 3-1 advantage.
A long back and forth battle on court six decided the match for the `Noles. Majlena Pedersen, playing in her first singles match of the spring, took set one 6-3, but dropped the second, 1-6, to head to a third set tiebreaker. Pedersen traded points with opponent Jackie Kasler until Kasler was at match point 9-7. Pedersen scored three straight points to create her own match point opportunity at 10-9 but was unable to close it out, eventually losing the tiebreaker, 11-13.
"While the 4-1 score does not reflect the quality of tennis we were able to play today, we have to give credit to Auburn's ability to close out their matches and play big at key moments," said Fodor. "We leave Austin with a very clear idea of specific things we need to focus on more closely, and with a promise to work harder and smarter to find our team's potential."
Florida State is back in action at home Friday, Jan. 31 at 3:00 p.m. against USF at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.