Auburn remains unbeaten in conference play after edging Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior Jackie Kasler provided No. 20 Auburn with the clinching victory at No. 6 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win Friday to give the Tigers a 4-3 win at No. 45 Arkansas at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center.
Kasler battled back from losing the first set to Arkansas’ Flavia Araujo on court No. 6 to help push Auburn to 13-2 overall and 3-0 to start SEC play. The Tigers have won 13 out of their past 14 matches.
Auburn opened the match by continuing its undefeated streak in doubles, winning the point for the 15th consecutive match.
The Tigers fell down early but rallied back as Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller picked up an 8-4 victory on court No. 2 to move to 10-0 in doubles this year, while Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger downed the Razorbacks’ Kimberley-Ann Surin and Flavia Araujo, 8-6, on Court 1 to also move to 10-0 and seal the point for the Tigers.
Arkansas tied the match at 1-1 but The Tigers again fought back to retake the lead as Paula de Man took a straight-set victory on court No. 3 against Surin 6-2, 7-5.
No. 29 Pleun Burgmans defeated the Razorbacks’ Yang Pang at the top spot in the lineup 6-2, 7-5 to put Auburn just one win away from clinching and setting up the win for Kasler.