Auburn women's will challenge Tennessee and Georgia



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Auburn women's will challenge Tennessee and Georgia

Auburn University women's tennis team will face the first SEC road tests of the season against Tennessee at 3:00 p.m. today, Friday and Georgia at noon CT on Sunday. Friday's game against Tennessee will begin at 3:00pm. CT at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Sunday's game against Georgia will begin at noon at the Magill Tennis Complex. As reported by the Auburn University website, Tigers are now 13-2 on the season after winning their first three conference games, remained in the ITA top-10 for five straight weeks and is now riding an eight-game hitting streak.

Tiger freshman DJ Bennett has been impressive in both singles and doubles as of late. Since she finished fourth in the singles lineup, Bennett went a perfect 7-0 on the singles court and won five of her seven matches in just straight sets.

The Bellview native also recorded a ranked singles win over Mississippi State's Maria Rizzolo, the 88th ranked singles player in the country, on Sunday. On the doubles court, Bennett and fellow freshman Kaitlyn Carnicella are 2-0 against SEC opponents and have four straight doubles hits.

Tennessee moved up four spots in the latest ITA national team rankings that were announced Tuesday from 16th to 12th place. The Volunteers will enter Friday's game with an 11-2 overall record and an undefeated 4-0 record in conference play.

Tennessee will be looking to continue its momentum after a successful road trip last weekend that featured wins over No. 17 Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Georgia currently holds an 11-3 record and fell to a perfect 4-0 record in SEC play.

The Bulldogs boast five singles ranked players and two doubles ranked teams in the ITA singles player rankings. Georgia is coming off a blockbuster road trip this past weekend when they defeated both Kentucky and No. 23 Vanderbilt.

About the Auburn University

Auburn is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest in the state. Auburn University's sports teams are known as the Tigers and compete in Division I-A of the NCAA and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Auburn has won 19 intercollegiate championships (including 17 NCAA championships), three of them in football (1913, 1957, 2010), 8 in men's swimming and diving (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 ), 5 in women's swimming and diving (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), 2 in equestrian (2008, 2011), and one in women's track and field (2006).

Auburn has also won a total of 70 Southeastern Conference titles, 51 men's and 19 women's. Auburn's colors are orange and blue, chosen by George Petrie, the head coach of the college's football team, inspired by the colors of his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Auburn was founded on February 7, 1856 during the presidency of Franklin Pierce, as East Alabama Male College, a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1872 the college became the first public university to benefit from the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. Photo credits: Auburn University website

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