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Auburn Defeated Arizona State to Advance to the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Sweet 16

Auburn rallied to defeat Arizona State 4-2 to earn a spot in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Sweet 16.

Andie Dikosavljevic won at No. 1 singles for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women’s tennis team made program history on Saturday by advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time, but for a while it looked very questionable that very Tigers were going to be able to do that.

Losing the doubles point to start the match and four of the first six sets in the singles competition, the Tigers rallied to take a 4-2 victory over Arizona State in the finals of the Auburn Regional.

The Auburn player who clinched the match at number one singles, Andie Dikosavljevic, had to rally against a hot player to pull out a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory vs. Desirae Krawczyk. 

“I thought if she can play that well for two sets she ought to be at Wimbledon,” Dikosavljevic said. “I knew she was going to break at some stage. I just had to stay solid and stay in it, and be mentally tougher than her, and make the points as long as I can because I knew I was fitter than her and I could come out on top in the end.”

Auburn’s No. 1 player, who is ranked No. 20th nationally in singles, said, “I was down in my match and I saw everyone around me fighting so I was determined to stay on the court as long as I can. I know what that does for the other players. You don't want an empty space in the middle of the courts.”

Auburn coach Lauren Spencer, whose team improved to a school record victory total with its 24-7 mark, will move to the Sweet 16 round where the Tigers will take on  No. 6 Vanderbilt on Thursday at 9 a.m. CDT at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The Commodores defeated the Tigers 4-3 this season in Nashville.

“This a great accomplishment for this team,” Spencer said of the victory to move into the Sweet 16. “They have worked very, very hard to get here.”

“The grit it in this team came out again,” she said. “They are not going away, no matter what. I am just really, really proud of them.”

Spencer said her team’s preparation for the match helped. “Our fitness is phenomenal,” she declared. “For us the longer it goes, the better our chance. This is the time the fittest teams, the most mentally tough teams, will persevere.”

The coach noted that her No. 1 player was a prime example of that on Saturday against an opponent that Spencer said was “on fire” in the first set.

“You have got to weather the storm,” she pointed out. “I?kinda of reminded her that she lost the first set 6-0 in the SECs vs. South Carolina. She took a bathroom break, reset and came out and won in three sets. To be honest, I don’t think Andie started slow. I think that girl was just phenomenal.”

Spencer's Tigers had to rally after losing the doubles point. “We started off very slow and we did not play as well in doubles as we are capable of,” the coach said. “For a while we didn’t look that good in singles either, but we finally settled down and started playing our tennis."

#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
#35 Desirae Krawczyk, Arizona State 6 5 4 Order of finish: 5
#20 Andie Dikosavljevic, Auburn 1 7 6

#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
#110 Kassidy Jump, Arizona State 2 6 2 Order of finish: 1
#31 Alizee Michaud, Auburn 6 4 6

#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Ebony Panoho, Arizona State 6 1 1 Order of finish: 2
#70 Pleun Burgmans, Auburn 4 6 6

#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Stephanie Vlad, Arizona State 6 4 1 Order of finish: 4
Alannah Griffin, Auburn 4 6 6

#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Sammi Hampton, Arizona State 4 6 6 Order of finish: 3
Paula de Man, Auburn 6 1 2

#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Gussie O'Sullivan, Arizona State 6 2 3
Caroline Turner, Auburn 2 6 5

 

#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
#15 Ebony Panoho/Alexandra Osborne, Arizona State 4
#8 Pleun Burgmans/Alizee Michaud, Auburn 3

#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad, Arizona State 6 Order of finish: 1
Andie Dikosavljevic/Alannah Griffin, Auburn 2

#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Kassidy Jump/Sammi Hampton, Arizona State 6 Order of finish: 2
Paula de Man/Caroline Turner, Auburn 3

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