Auburn falls to top-ranked Florida
Tigers blanked by Gators, remain winless in SEC
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Auburn women’s tennis team (2-11, 0-4 SEC) dropped a 4-0 decision to top-ranked Florida (15-1, 4-0 SEC). The Tigers will return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader against Boston University and Troy.
“We are beginning to show a much better competitive spirit,” Auburn head coach Tim Gray said. “Clearly, there is a reason Florida is No. 1 in the nation. However, I really believe we had some opportunities at certain spots and they knew that.”
Florida won the doubles point with wins on all three courts. In the No. 3 doubles match up, the Tigers’ Taylor Schreimann and Caroline Thronton fell to the Gator’s Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen, 8-3.
On court two, the No. 75-ranked team of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather defeated Auburn’s Jacquline Kasler and Plamena Kurteva, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point.
On court one, Auburn’s Olivia Bennett and Paulina Schuppers went up against Florida’s Alex Cercone and Allie Will. Florida was up 7-3 before play was suspended.
In singles action, Florida continued rolling with three straight-set victories. On court six, Florida’s Brittany Borsanyi topped Auburn’s Taylor Cohen, winning 6-0 and 6-1.
On court two, Bennett fell to No. 26 Embree, 6-0, 6-1 while Kasler fell to No. 35 Cercone, 6-1, 6-2 on court five to clinch the match for the Gators.
After Florida clinched the match, play was suspended on the rest of the courts. In the No. 1 matchup, Schippers was down, 6-2, 3-0, to No. 7 Allie Will. On court four, Kurteva was down to No. 21 Mather, 6-2, 4-0. In the No. 3 match up, Thronton was behind Oyen, 6-3, 2-1.