AU Senior Advances In NCAA Tennis Tournament

Auburn senior Andy Mies advanced in singles play with a victory at the NCAA Tennis Tournament.

Urbana-Champaign, Ill.--Auburn senior Andy Mies advanced to the round of 32 on the opening day of men's singles competition at the NCAA Tennis Championships while Auburn freshman Pleun Burgmans dropped a close match in three sets on Wednesday night in the opening round of women's play.

Mies defeated Rok Bonin of Minnesota 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to the round of 32 in the men's singles draw at the NCAA Tournament that is being played at the Khan Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus.

Mies, who is ranked 19th nationally, will play 39th-ranked Mitchell Frank of Virginia, who upset the No. 1 seed, Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday. That match is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. CDT on Thursday.

After that match is finished Mies will join Daniel Cochrane in doubles play vs. Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of Cal.

Burgmans dropped a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 match to Krista Hardebeck of Stanford. The Auburn freshman entered the tournament with a singles record of 22-6 and a ranking of No. 22 nationally while Hardebeck is ranked 14th. The match, which was delayed by bad weather, was played indoors.

Burgmans will play doubles on Thursday with senior Plamena Kurteva. The Tigers are ranked No. 10 nationally as a duo and will take on 13th-ranked Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans from William & Mary.

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