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No. 19 Auburn Edges No. 21 Texas Tech

Lynn Kiro was one of three Lady Raiders to win on Sunday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.

February 23, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - No. 21 Texas Tech suffered its second straight loss on Sunday, as the Lady Raiders fell to No. 19 Auburn, 4-3, in the third place match at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.

Ironically, it is the first time Texas Tech has had back-to-back losses since losing to Auburn and Alabama on consecutive days last season. The Lady Raiders lost to Alabama yesterday, 4-2.

Auburn opened play by sweeping the doubles point. The Tigers are 26-3 in doubles this season. No. 15 Emily Flickinger and Pleun Burgmans topped #37 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 6-3, while Jen Pfeifler and Jackie Kasler cruised past Lynn Kiro and Claire Williams, 6-1.

At No. 6 singles, Kasler then ran past Samantha Czarniak Rego, 6-1, 6-2 to give Auburn a 2-0 lead.

Texas Tech answered when No. 110 Nikki Sanders defeated Paula de Man, 6-4, 6-1, followed by Adams' 6-3, 6-3 win over Michala Kucharova to tie the match 2-2.

The Lady Raiders then took a 3-2 lead when Kiro picked up a straight-set win over Reka Muller, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4.

The Tigers evened the ledger when No. 68 Emily Flickinger won 6-4, 6-4 over Rashmi Teltumbde at No. 2. That left the match to be decided at No. 1 singles.

No. 32 Burgmans took the first set over No. 15 Kilgo, 6-1, but Kilgo answered with 7-5 win to send the match to a pro set third set. Burgmans outlasted Kilgo and in the final frame, 10-6, to secure the win and give Auburn the final 4-3 margin.

The Lady Raiders must now turn their focus to Big 12 play, as Texas Tech travels to Waco on Sunday to face No. 15 Baylor (8-3) in the league opener.

Blue Gray National Tennis Classic - Third Place
#19 Auburn 4, #21 Texas Tech 3
Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park Tennis Center)

1. #21 Pleun Burgmans (AUB) def. #115 Kenna Kilgo (TT) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
2. #68 Emily Flickinger (AUB) def. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 6-4, 6-4
3. #110 Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Paula de Man (AUB) 6-4, 6-1
4. Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Reka Muller (AUB) 6-3, 6-3
5. Samantha Adams (TT) def. Michala Kucharova (AUB) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jackie Kasler (AUB) def. Samantha Czarniak Rego (TT) 6-1, 6-2

1. #15 Emily Flickinger / Pleun Burgmans (AUB) def. #37 Samantha Adams / Kenna Kilgo (TT) 6-3
2. Michala Kucharova / Reka Muller (AUB) vs. Nikki Sanders / Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) DNF
3. Jen Pfeifler / Jackie Kasler (AUB) def. Lynn Kiro / Claire Williams (TT) 6-1
#21 Texas Tech 9-3; #19 Auburn 10-2
Order of finish:
Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)



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