Auburn women's defeated by Tennessee
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 1000
Auburn University women's tennis team was defeated 6-1 by Tennessee, Friday afternoon in Knoxville. The loss also ended the Tigers' eight-game hitting streak. The Tigers' road trip will continue on Sunday as they battle #1 Georgia.
6 in Athens. The Magill Tennis Complex match will begin at noon CT. Live stream video and live score of the match will be available online at georgiadogs.com. Auburn coach Caroline Lilley explained, "First, Tennessee were the better team today.
Their response to the double point drop was impressive. We were very tense during singles and put too much pressure on ourselves. The prospect it is an essential ingredient, something we were missing. We played ourselves and our opponent, which made our journey very difficult.
We will always play our best when we find joy in the ordinary. We know we are capable of doing more and that ability will be found in knowing where our identity comes from." The game got off to a good start for Auburn in doubles.
The freshman doubles team of Kaitlyn Carnicella and DJ Bennett earned their 12th doubles win and ninth doubles win of the season on court three by defeating Elza Tomase and Catherine Aulia 6-3. On court one, Ariana Arseneault and Carolyn Ansari lost a hard fought match to Rebeka Mertena and Esther Adeshina, the 55th ranked doubles team in the nation, by a score of 6-4.
But moments later, Adeline Flach and Angella Okutoyi won 6-4 on second court against Daria Kuczer and Eleonora Molinaro to clinch their sixth doubles win of the season and the doubles point. Tennessee saw many early successes in singles play, claiming the first set in all six singles games.
Okutoyi suffered her first loss in March to Esther Adeshina 6-2, 6-2. Bennett and Flach both dropped out of their matches in straight sets to give Tennessee a 3-1 team lead and a singles victory before earning a team victory.
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